YORKTOWN, Va., September 2, 2014 – Permanent gallery exhibits for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016, will be fabricated and installed by Design and Production Incorporated (D&P), a nationally prominent firm based in Lorton. The $9.4 million contract was awarded to D&P by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums.
Among recent clients of the 65-year-old firm are the National September 11 Memorial Museum, four presidential libraries and museums, the Little League and Kentucky Derby museums, the Library of Congress and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. D&P was exhibit fabricator for the Jamestown Settlement galleries that opened in 2006 as well as for “The World of 1607,” a yearlong quadricentennial special exhibition.
The 22,000-square-foot American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent gallery space will be located in an 80,000-square-foot building now under construction. Featuring period artifacts, re-created immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films, the galleries will present five major themes: “The British Empire and America,” “The Changing Relationship – Britain and North America,” “Revolution,” “The New Nation,” and “The American People.” D&P will work with exhibit designer Gallagher & Associates of Silver Spring, Md., and media producer Cortina Productions of McLean on development and installation of custom exhibit settings and media systems for the new galleries.
“We are exceptionally fortunate to have this superb team engaged in creating the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries,” said Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Executive Director Philip G. Emerson. “They will have a key role in achieving our vision for a significant and unique experience that enhances and complements the Historic Triangle region’s American Revolution offerings for a national audience.”
The permanent gallery exhibits are expected to debut in late 2016, when the museum’s name will change to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Yorktown Victory Center continues in daily operation as a museum of the American Revolution throughout construction, which is occurring in phases and includes a transition from the existing museum building to the new facility in early 2015, followed by continued development of gallery exhibits, an introductory film and outdoor amenities, and reconstruction of the living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm.
Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., developed the architectural design for the project. W.M. Jordan Company, Inc., of Newport News is construction manager for the parking areas and museum building. Guernsey Tingle Architects of Williamsburg is architect for outdoor interpretive areas and amenities. Major components of the project total approximately $50 million. Building and exhibit construction and renovations to the site, including living-history areas, are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Private donations, coordinated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., are supporting elements of gallery and outdoor exhibits and educational resources.
For more information about the Yorktown Victory Center and the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visit hif.ciniva.net.