Conventional exhibition spaces have a tendency to create a sense of distance between visitors and the content being presented. The traditional layout and design often promote a passive viewing experience, where visitors are positioned as mere observers rather than active participants. The physical barriers, such as glass cases or roped-off areas, reinforce a sense of separation between the viewer and the exhibited objects or artworks. This can inhibit visitors from fully engaging with the content, limiting their ability to connect emotionally, intellectually, or culturally. The formal and sometimes intimidating atmosphere of such spaces may also deter visitors from asking questions or exploring the exhibits in a more interactive and immersive manner.
Moreover, the location of museums and exhibitions often concentrates in urban areas, excluding rural communities. Limited representation of diverse cultures, histories, or perspectives can perpetuate unequal power dynamics, reinforcing societal divisions. Without addressing these issues, exhibitions may unintentionally exacerbate inequalities and hinder equitable access to information and cultural experiences.
The format of Exhibition-in-a-Box aims to overcome the limitations of physical space and resources by making information accessible to a wider audience. By promoting accessibility and inclusivity in education, this format allows individuals who may not have the opportunity to visit a physical science museum or gallery to experience interactive exhibits. This initiative also encourages collaborative learning and group participation, as the exhibits are designed to be explored and discussed together.