The Guam Museum was a project “90 years in the making” — five of which were spent bringing the museum to life.
The 3,000 square-foot, two-story space was built on the stories of thousands of people — navigating the complex history of Guam through the eyes of those who lived it.
In 2013, Group Delphi was chosen as the fabrication partner to bring the project through to completion. As the building was still under construction, progress was incremental with complex logistics to navigate. Negotiating rates with local government bodies and hiring subcontractors in Guam were just a few of the challenges that arose over the five-year period. But in partnership with the museum and their internal design team, the Galaide Group, we had every detail covered — celebrating a successful opening day with attendees and all who had a hand in bringing the space to life.
Now open to the public, the Guam Museum welcomes visitors from afar with a dramatic facade featuring text on the pages of an open book — drawing all who enter into the story of the island and its’ people. Once inside, visitors move through exhibits featuring not only graphics and custom content but AV experiences designed and integrated by Group Delphi. This digital content surrounds visitors in the theater room with a 180-degree, curved screen that blends video from three projectors — making all who enter feel truly immersed in the Guam story.
The natural history of the island was not forgotten in this space. Group Delphi built many exhibit elements with materials native to the region. Bamboo shoots supporting graphics printed on Plyboo were utilized throughout, paying tribute to Guam’s robust natural resources.
President of the Department of Chamoru Affairs, Johnny Sablan, had this to say about how the Guam Museum highlights the history of the people who call it home, “When you go into the permanent exhibit, you will see that journey.”