Waukesha County Historical Society

Les Paul: Sound-on-Sound Exhibit

Waukesha, Wisconsin

The Waukesha County Historical Society celebrates their native son, Les Paul in this immersive exhibit on the man whose sound changed the world. The Les Paul Experience is a Waukesha County Historical Society exhibit that explores the innovative and tenacious spirit of Les Paul. From his beginnings in his “Living Room Laboratory” experimenting with his mother’s player piano, to his tireless experimentation to perfect what would become the Gibson solid body electric guitar.

While Les Paul is well known for his Gibson guitar, he also stunned the music industry with his New Sound in 1948. The Waukesha County Historical Society had the vision to expand the current exhibit to educate visitors on the impact Les Paul had made beyond his guitar skills with his innovative sound mixers and layering music.  The Waukesha County Historical Society was referred to Crux Creative by a current museum client to utilize an undeveloped area within the Les Paul Experience to design a display to highlight some of Les Paul’s inventions that revolutionized the music industry.

Crux Creative designed a large wall mural that that would provide the perfect background to highlight original Les Paul’s recording artifacts. The bold, colorful graphics bring this exhibit to life and blends beautifully with the existing exhibits that surround it.  The original recording artifacts and a touch screen were strategically incorporated with the wall mural to highlight several sound recording innovations Les Paul invented to create his New Sound.

Crux Creative was thrilled and honored to develop a museum exhibit that tells the inventor side of the Les Paul story.  Being a contributor to Waukesha’s Les Paul legacy is what our dreams are made of.

Exhibit Design
Environmental Graphic Design