Maine Maritime Museum, located in Bath, Maine, recently completed a redevelopment project of the front entrance and other outdoor areas on the museum’s 20-acre campus. Appropriately named “First Impressions,” the project focused on enhancing the visitor experience the second a guest steps onto campus. This was accomplished by creating new wayfinding and interpretive outdoor museum signage.
The museum welcomes guests to learn of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture year-round. It is imperative that visitors have an equally exceptional experience on the hottest day of the year, as well as the coldest. The materials for the new outdoor museum signage had to be durable enough to endure Maine’s extreme climate.
“The new First Impressions signage is all located outside and must survive brutal Maine winters. We chose Pannier because we wanted to install polished and professional signage that would withstand the wind, snow, and cold.” —Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation, Maine Maritime Museum
Maine Maritime Museum installed twenty-four Pannier Gel Coat Laminate (GCL) panels around their campus, providing visitors with interpretive and wayfinding information. With the same premium standards as Pannier’s Fiberglass Embedment, GCL has an added barrier of protection to stand up to extreme weather conditions. Complete with an elegantly refined matte finish, GCL will not only protect the graphic, but it will look good while doing it!
The museum’s new interpretive panels showcase information on the surrounding wetlands, 3,000 native plants, America’s last remaining shipyard, and donor appreciation. The wayfinding signage aids museum visitors in navigating the exhibits spread across campus. Through various mediums, the signage was installed with aluminum backer plates onto milled timbers and metal posts in the shipyard and public spaces.
“The time our Pannier representative, Robin Heddaeus, dedicated to helping us find the correct products to best serve our needs was invaluable. Maine Maritime Museum designed and produced the digital files in-house; Robin was responsive and clear in her suggestions and problem-solving, which ultimately resulted in a fantastic product.” —Sarah Timm, Manager of Interpretation, Maine Maritime Museum
A positive first impression sets the tone for what’s to come. In this case, a museum visit that begins with beautiful, informative signage will make the visitor experience relaxing and memorable. Pannier is proud to fabricate signage materials that will withstand the elements and impress guests for years to come.
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