THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE: AMERICA’S FIRST SUPERHIGHWAY

About the project

This 2,500 square foot exhibit was created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s opening and recognizes how it revolutionized automobile travel and served as the blueprint for the modern interstate highway system in the U.S.

Dozens of items from the Museum’s permanent collections —including archival photographs, films, memorabilia, and scale models—illustrate the Turnpike’s historic impact on modern travel, safety, and culture. Two major artifacts
are on exhibit for the first time: an original 1940 tollbooth and a 1970s electronic “road conditions” control board.

Through collaboration with museum staff and a team of professionals, SFD successfully created an exciting exhibit devoted to showcasing Pennsylvania’s industrial and transportation heritage. This permanent exhibit is being viewed as a template for the redesign of the State Museum’s other industrial and transportation exhibits.

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CLIENT

The State Museum of Pennsylvania

PROJECT LOCATION

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Planning
  • All phases of exhibition design
  • Production Supervision

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Media Design:
    Magic Lantern
  • Fabrication:
    Studio Displays
  • Lighting Design:
    Streamlight Design

    RECOGNITION

    • AASLH – Leadership in History Award