The work of Jean Jacques André of Victoria has helped make the Royal British Columbia Museum a world leader in exhibit design and one of Victoria’s major tourist attractions. He designed the Old Town exhibit, the First People’s Gallery and Living Land–Living Sea. His dioramas and open exhibits recreate a complete environment — often including sound, smell and light in fine detail — where even the smallest space can help create imagery in a person’s mind. Acclaimed around the world for the sense of wonder about British Columbia they transmit to visitors, more than 30 million people have visited these exhibits since they opened.
Jean Jacques André is a conceptual designer on the leading edge of museum design. His work is an inspiration to many others in his field and has established British Columbia as a leader in museum and multi-media design. His exhibits have increased public awareness and appreciation of nature and history — an awareness which is critical to their preservation for future generations. His unique vision is the basis for more than 70 museums and workshops and can be seen in museums throughout British Columbia and across Canada, as well as in 15 American states, Sweden and Hong Kong.