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About Traveling Exhibition Services

Photo of children viewing a Museum ExhibitionThe Michigan State University Museum has developed this Traveling Exhibition Service to make the results of its extensive research, collections, and educational programs accessible to a wider audience.

Designed to provide affordable exhibitions for small museums and organizations across the state and beyond, the service offers exhibitions representing a variety of Michigan's natural and cultural resources.

The rental fee charged for each exhibition reflects administrative and development costs, publicity kits, and educational materials. The fee covers an initial booking period of up to four weeks; additional one-week booking periods are available at a prorated fee. Rental fees must be paid to Michigan State University Museum three weeks prior to the beginning of the booking period.

Rush Contract Surcharge: Bookings made within 30 days of an exhibition's opening date may be assessed a surcharge of up to 20% of the total rental fee. The rate of surcharge will be dependent on size and complexity of the exhibit.

Museum staff members do not travel with the exhibition. Sponsoring institutions must provide qualified persons to unpack, install, and re-pack the exhibition. Unless specified, hanging structures or other exhibit furniture are not provided with the exhibition.

The sponsoring institution is responsible for transporting the exhibition from and returning it to Michigan State University Museum. A two-week period is allowed on each side of the scheduled exhibition dates for shipping/pick-up and return.

Wall-to-wall insurance covering the exhibition during shipping to and from the sponsoring institution, as well as during the exhibition period, is required for all traveling exhibitions. Sponsors are requested to forward a certificate of insurance to the Traveling Exhibition Service coordinator at least three weeks before the exhibition opens.

Catalogs and other resale merchandise, films, and lectures are available for some traveling exhibitions. Resale merchandise is available at 25% wholesale discount on consignment; films and lectures require a modest service fee.

Sponsoring institutions are required to credit the Michigan State University Museum and any specified funding agencies in all promotional materials generated for the exhibition.

Most of the images on these Traveling Exhibition Service web pages are "Copyright Michigan State University Museum," with the exception of images whose copyrights are retained by their photographers. Traveling Exhibition Service clients are provided with images for publicity purposes. Other reproduction of images requires licensing through our department of Research Collections. Please contact us for more information.

Institutions interested in hosting a Michigan State University Museum traveling exhibition should contact:
Traveling Exhibitions Service Manager
Michigan State University Museum
East Lansing, MI 48824-1045
(517) 355-7678