While the International Wolf Center (IWC) is a beloved Minnesota institution, its decades-old exhibits needed a refresh for a new generation of visitors—and a new era of wolf research.
In the last 30 years, the recovery of wolf populations has raised questions about how humans can successfully coexist with wolves. The new exhibits address this controversial topic from multiple angles while helping visitors understand the basics of wolf behavior.
When creating an exhibit, every dollar matters. Whether repurposing taxidermy or choosing photos instead of hand-painted murals, we grew the impact of the IWC’s new exhibit without adding to the bottom line.
Our team guided IWC staff through the activities key to a timely installation including architecture reviews, construction check-ins, and the removal of old exhibits.
The renovation of this DNR building for new exhibits came with a slew of logistics. Between architecture reviews, construction check-ins, and the removal of old exhibits, our team guided IWC staff through the activities key to a timely installation.
Although there were countless opportunities to incorporate tech into the IWC exhibits, we prioritized the most impactful visitor experiences. Through an interactive map, virtual plane ride, and more, visitors get to see wolves and wolf research in fun and memorable ways.
“Split Rock Studios was able to take all our ideas and develop them into an amazing story to share with our visitors. The team is very creative, fun to work with, and most importantly, showed a willingness to learn the subject they are creating and designing.”
“Every aspect of the exhibits has been produced to a very high level of detail and finish, and to a person, the SRS team has been a pleasure to work with.”
“Please extend our sincere appreciation for the painstaking, methodical, and detail-oriented work that went into the restoration of our dioramas. They have played a central role in the museum for over 75 years, and your team really breathed new life into them. Future generations will benefit from your expertise and care.”
“We (the SMSC) are forever grateful for you helping us tell our story through Dakota eyes, especially at a time when perhaps our people didn’t have a voice.”
“Split Rock Studios seemed to genuinely enjoy learning our history so they could help us share it in the best possible way. I can’t begin to tell you how many compliments we get from visitors about the quality and content of the exhibits. We are extremely happy with the results.”
“I have already recommended Split Rock to others in my field who are looking to add to or expand their exhibits. We had a truly wonderful experience working with everyone at Split Rock. Everyone is so creative, has lots of energy and a fun sense of humor. Keep up the amazing work you do!”
“The installation crew was so easy to work with. They were professional, detail-oriented, personable, and left the space cleaner than when they arrived.”
“Split Rock Studios was a pleasure to work with and we are thrilled with the end result of our collaboration.”
“We wouldn’t think of looking elsewhere.”
"10/10. Split Rock did an outstanding job throughout the entire project from design to implementation! I would highly recommend them."
"Working with Split Rock’s team was like working with a long-time friend - easy, comfortable, and supportive! Organized, detail-oriented, and resourceful, their working style meshed well with our museum staff’s and supported a strong, confident, and mutually productive partnership. We whole-heartedly recommend Split Rock Studios!"
"Split Rock Studios have gone above and beyond to help us implement interactive exhibits into our Dragoon Trace Nature Center. From the initial project discussions and design work, to the completed creation, Split Rock Studios employees are beyond compare in customer care and product quality."
"The people, visitors, artists, and primarily educators and children are thrilled by the quality of the design, content, and images in the exhibits. Even professional translators and academics have come to us and expressed their appreciation for what we did. I truly appreciate your cultural sensitivity, depth of knowledge, and patience as we worked with the smallest of details to make sure the message was clear and direct. ¡Muchas gracias!"
"Split Rock Studios heard what we wanted and did a great job putting those ideas into the design, construction and install. Always accessible for questions and quick to respond to changes or issues. Gotta love common sense and they had it. SRS was one of only two contractors that we didn’t have to push or prod to get our project on track. They are an honest, hardworking company with great staff."