Hamilton: The Exhibition

A unique journey through 14 exquisite galleries that bring the real history to life.

Featuring an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: The Exhibition is designed to take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America.

Hamilton wasn’t just a 25,000 sqft exhibit. It was a custom built, 30,000 sqft building erected on City of Chicago Park District land for the temporary and sole purpose of the exhibition. The structure was designed to be broken down and shipped to the next city, this way the exhibition could go on tour as initially designed.

The park site had no infrastructure – no water, electricity, paths, lighting, or roads. We built everything from scratch.

Conceptual development, project management, design coordination, installation, and operation.

Client: IMG/Hamilton

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Numbers in Nature

Patterns surround us in nature. They’ll tell you how things work on our planet, if you know where to look to find them.

Out the window, through a microscope, or in the mirror—patterns surround us. They form the veins of a leaf, the spiral of a nautilus, and the spots on a giraffe. Patterns also inspire us as we create or build things: some arrangements just … feel right. Our key to unlocking these patterns is math. Math “isn’t your thing”? Wait until you see Numbers in Nature.

Conceptual development, project management, design coordination, installation, operation, and touring.

Robot Revolution

Enter a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but a vital asset.

Robot Revolution, created while we were with the world-class Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and supported by Google.org, came to life with an awe-inspiring collection of cutting-edge robots from some of the most innovative universities and global robotics companies.

40 robots from 40 different manufacturers in 9 countries – 300 battery changes a day.

Conceptual development, project management, design, installation, operation, and touring.

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Leonardo da Vinci:
Man, Inventor, Genius

The original Leonardo exhibition. Often copied, never duplicated. 

60 working models crafted by Italian artisans; an 8,000 square foot interactive workshop with a working catapult and a walk-in camera obscura; an original Leonardo codex page that had been lost to time; and, 40 “Modern Day Leonardos” to provide contemporary context.

This ground-breaking exhibit- event was covered by the New York Times and NBC Nightly News.

Conceptual development, project management, design coordination, installation, and operation.

Washed Ashore

Talk about a big fish story!

WashedAshore created amazing, large-scale sculptures of iconic sea creatures using plastic that has washed up on beaches in an effort to build awareness of the massive trash problem in our oceans.

Sage worked with the Florida Aquarium’s staff to coordinate the removal and delicate handling of these art pieces, which are too large to ship on a conventional semi trailer.

Dismantle, packing, inventory, truck loading, and shipping coordination.

Client: WashedAshore.org

Client: Adler Planetarium

Chicago's Night Sky

In a dark sky, you can see about 4,500 stars with the naked eye. In Chicago’s sky, you can see about 35. 

As long as people have walked the Earth, they’ve looked to the sky as a creative muse, a constant companion, and a gateway to the mysteries of our Universe. This brand-new exhibition will help connect you—and the city around you—to the wondrous human tradition of looking up.

Production and design management.

Sounds of Silence

“There is still a window of time. Nature can win, if we give her a chance.” – Jane Goodall

Each species on Earth has a voice – some we can hear, some we cannot. But what is lost if those species disappear?

Using the latest in directional sound technology, this “exhibit with no words” celebrates biodiversity while exploring the very real threats to the survival of all the non-human dwellers of our planet. Research shows that when habitats change, so do their natural soundtracks.

Concept design and exhibit development.

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Client: Museum EXP/Te Papa

Bug Lab

With the Field Museum in Chicago closed, Te Papa – New Zealand’s national science and natural history museum – needed to get their Bug Lab exhibit out and ready to go to its next venue once COVID is over.

We collaborated with Museum EXP to create safety guidelines, and worked side by side with the Field Museum’s crew to pack up the exhibit and get it inventoried so the next venue could put it all back together easily.

Dismantle, packing, inventory, truck loading, and local coordination for exhibit maintenance.

Brick by Brick

The sensational LEGO® structures and hands-on challenges in Brick by Brick reveal the power of play as a gateway to creating greatness.

LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker built more than a dozen world icons including a 60-foot Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station and Roman Colosseum.

These were enhanced by hands-on interactions on structural engineering and several LEGO® build spaces.

Exhibit design and development, project management, installation, and operation.

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Treasures of the Disney Archive

To anchor MSI’s annual holiday presentation, we took a collection of decades of creative work from the Disney vault –most of which had never been seen by the public – and crafted a story of both the man and company we’ve all come to love.

Animation, park development, and films all came to life in this exhibit. We were even able to repurpose the popular Animation Academy from Disney’s California Adventure park to do live drawing lessons several times a day.

Exhibit design and development, project management, installation, and operation.

Action! An Adventure in Moviemaking

Coordinated with 13 competitive studios to work together to provide artifacts and expertise that gave museum audiences an authentic look inside the industry and the people who make it happen.

20,000 sqft including an 8,000 sqft working soundstage where guests could make an actual movie and take it home with them that day.

Conceptual development, project management, design coordination, installation, and touring to other museums.

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago