History of the Southeast Explorer Mobile Museum
In 2003 the mobile museum outreach program began on a small scale, using a minivan as the mobile learning center. Native American artifacts were taken to schools and presented by the museum's Curator of Education.
In 2004, the idea was recreated on a large scale, at the request of Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, President of Southeast Missouri State University. This was done in association with Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond, Representative Jo Ann Emerson, and the NASA Education Resource Center at Southeast. View a short video clip about the Southeast Explorer's inaugural year.
The Southeast Explorer's exhibit space is shared on a rotating basis by the University's NASA Educator Resource Center and the Crisp Museum. The exhibit “NASA: Spirit of Discovery,” made its successful debut aboard the Explorer at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on July 12, 2005. Read about the debut as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch (posted with permission).
Inside the Southeast Explorer
The Southeast Explorer is a 38' Winnebago RV custom built for displaying museum exhibits. The vehicle was originally painted white.
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The Explorer's displays are securely mounted for travel and protected by laminated glass cases created by Casewerks LLC, in Baltimore, MD. A wheelchair lift makes the Explorer accessable for all.
Southeast Explorer floor plan.
The Exterior Design
The exterior design of the Explorer was created by Troy Guzman, graphic artist at Kiku Obata & Company, in St. Louis, MO. Guzman's design was printed by Vomela of St. Paul, Minnesota on adhesive vinyl strips (like jumbo wallpaper).