The Making of Shipwreck Adventures

Minnesota Children’s Museum has a brand-new permanent exhibit at the museum. Go behind-the-scenes to learn more about this all-new experience and what it took to bring the exhibit to life – from concept to design to fabrication.

Creating a New Museum Experience

An Interview with Senior Exhibit Developer Mary Weiland

Minnesota Children’s Museum is known for play. And there’s so much thought that goes into every detail of our exhibits that most people don’t ever see. Our experiences team is constantly looking for new ways to engage kids and … READ MORE

An Overview of Shipwreck Adventures

Scuba diving at Minnesota Children’s Museum? Yes! In this all-new permanent exhibit, visitors don scuba diving vests and gloves, strap on a backpack with an oxygen tank and slowly and carefully make their way through a sunken ship hull. They step out of the water to practice their scuba diving skills and explore … READ MORE

Inspiring Play: The Story of the J.S. Seaverns Shipwreck

When senior exhibit developer Mary Weiland landed on the concept of a sunken ship for the new Shipwreck Adventures exhibit, she knew she had a lot of research ahead of her. She began looking into real ships that had gone down in Lake Superior, hoping to find a compelling … READ MORE

Shipwreck Updates

From Concept to Design: An Interview with Senior Exhibit Designer Christopher Lee

We spoke with Chris to learn more about the role of an exhibit designer and hear about his process for creating new exhibits like Shipwreck Adventures.


Bringing the North Shore to Life

When senior exhibit developer Mary Weiland was conceptualizing the new exhibit, she knew from the beginning that she wanted to highlight more than just the shipwreck.


Meet the Team Behind Shipwreck Adventures

So many hours of thoughtful planning, design, fabrication and construction go into the creation of a new museum exhibit. And all of that hard work takes a team of talented individuals.


Photo Roundup: Creating the Cliffs and Coves Animals

When visitors explore the Cliffs and Coves area of Shipwreck Adventures, they’ll come face-to-face with a number of animals that call the North Shore home.


Photo Roundup: The Uncanny Galley Cabinet

The interactive and explorable sunken ship that is the focus of Shipwreck Adventures is based on a real life ship, the J.S. Seaverns, that sunk to the bottom of Lake Superior in the late 1800s.


Exhibit Flyover

Get a bird’s-eye view of what the Shipwreck Adventures exhibit looks like.

Special Thanks

legacy_logo_rgb-sm-1State of Minnesota: This project was funded with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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