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US Merchant Marine Gallery

Connecting museumgoers to a new branch of service

US Merchant Marine Gallery

Connecting museumgoers to a new branch of service

In 2015, The National WWII Museum began construction on a pedestrian bridge to connect its original building with the rest of the museum’s growing, six-acre campus across the street. Extending over Andrew Higgins Drive, the enclosed American Spirit Bridge would link the second floors of the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and the Victory Theater complex.  

But where the bridge physically entered the side of the newer, theater building, there was nothing to greet visitors except an empty, concrete hallway. Museum officials asked Solomon Group to help change that.  They needed a new, stand-alone exhibit that could be unveiled together with the bridge and the expansive Road to Tokyo exhibition in mid-December.  

US Merchant Marine Gallery, a 940-square-foot exhibit, honors the civilian merchant mariners who risked their lives transporting weapons, men and matériel to US troops overseas.  

Besides providing exhibit fabrication, lighting, audio-visual integration and graphics production services, Solomon Group designed and built all of the gallery’s artifact casework.  US Merchant Marine Gallery features several striking elements, including large graphic displays, touch screens, integrated scenic lighting and a nine-monitor wall.  

Now, as visitors cross the American Spirit Bridge, the immersiveness of their journey through the country's wartime experience never misses a step. 

Photos courtesy of The National WWII Museum.

What We did

  • Scenic Fabrication + Finishing
  • Audio-Visual Systems Design + Integration
  • Graphics Production
  • Exhibit Lighting
  • Exhibition Casework
  • Project Management + Consultation
  • Technical Direction
  • Show Control System Design + Programming
  • Installation + Maintenance