The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park has been selected for the 2010 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.
The award “recognizes excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, celebrating storytelling around the globe.” It honors the creative partnerships formed between attraction owners and designers.
Boston-based Christopher Chadbourne and Associates designed the exhibits for the museum. The signature exhibit, called The Last 100 Yards, takes visitors on an emotional journey through the history of the American Infantryman. It is built on a 100-yard ramp that cuts through the center of museum, representing the Infantry’s role in taking the last 100 yards of the battle.
Six era galleries surround the museum’s Grand Hall. The Hall of Valor is a striking, glass-walled space that honors those who’ve earned the Medal of Honor and provides visitors with a place for contemplation. The Family Gallery, which honors the sacrifices of spouses, parents and siblings is believed to be unique among military museums.
Other key members of the project team include architects E. Verner Johnson and Associates, video producer Donna Lawrence Productions, exhibit fabricators Design Craftsmen Inc., sculptors Studio EIS and project managers Newton Aaron and Associates.
The Thea Award is the Themed Entertainment Association’s version of the Oscar. It will be presented to representatives of the National Infantry Museum at an awards gala in Hollywood, Calif., next spring.