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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


With $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is establishing a permanent outdoor exhibition about the Bridge to give the millions people who visit it each year insights about its engineering, construction, and history. The Bridge District General Manager, Denis Mulligan, serves as the project Principal Investigator.

CUREE, a co-PI on the project, acts as lead designer and project manager to the Bridge District and manages the work of the other participants, including exhibit developers, web content consultants, evaluators, and advisors. Liaison with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are also important aspects of the project.

The exhibition area is sited at the south (San Francisco) end of the Bridge. It features over two dozen exhibit pieces, keyed to the centerpiece and “table of contents” scale model of the Bridge that will be approximately 80 feet long.

In addition to the exhibits, and associated web content that will be available from the Bridge District’s website (, an international conference will be held in June, 2012, on the theme of Public Works for Public Learning.

Related to that outreach event will be a course deployed by project partner American Public Works Association for its members on how to develop effective exhibits that communicate how infrastructure is designed, constructed, and operated.

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Learn more about the
Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition Project
The 2012 CUREE calendar includes photos and write-ups on many of the exhibits, as well as the brief essay entitled: "Engineering for Non-Engineers: The Golden Gate Bridge as a Learning Resource" by Robert Reitherman, which talks about the exhibit development process. [download here]

Funding for the project has been provided by the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation. Dr. Al DeSena is the NSF project officer for this award. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

All images are the property of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and cannot be re-used without its permission. Contact Mary Currie, Public Affairs Director,

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