Novel Authenticity: Fusing Tradition and New Experiences in Museum Exhibitions

  • Chris Weisbart
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Novel Authenticity: Fusing Tradition and New Experiences in Museum Exhibitions

How are commercial immersive experiences redefining the format and impact of traditional museum exhibitions?

Chris Weisbart, Associate Vice President of Exhibitions at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will explore the evolving landscape of museum exhibitions in a market saturated with experiential entertainment.


​Are some key aspects of museum work (authenticity, significance, cultural and community engagement to name a few) helped or hindered by the influence of museum-adjacent immersive exhibitions? We’ll traverse the impact on visitor expectations, ethical considerations, and the preservation of educational integrity as we discuss different approaches to navigate this intersection of traditional and novel experiences.



About Our Speaker

​Chris Weisbart is a creative leader, designer, and multimedia developer focused on creating awe-inspiring, tech-infused experiences for education and the arts.

​Spanning both digital design and development Chris has focused on communicating scientific, technology and engineering topics, in both my work creating interactive exhibits for museums and brands around the country, and as an educator working in formal and informal education settings (and even as a TV host for National Geographic Channel and Spike TV!).

​While working for Two Bit Circus, he designed, engineered and fabricated the “Tequila Cloud” for Mexico’s tourism board which won a Silver Cannes Lion for Outdoor and 3 Bronze LIA for Non-Traditional Experiential Design.