Showroom vs. Exhibition

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Showroom and Exhibition is that the Showroom is a room where products are displayed and Exhibition is a organized presentation and display of a selection of items or pictures

  • Showroom

    A showroom is a large space used to display products or show entertainment.

  • Exhibition

    An exhibition, in the most general sense, is an organised presentation and display of a selection of items. In practice, exhibitions usually occur within a cultural or educational setting such as a museum, art gallery, park, library, exhibition hall, or World’s fairs. Exhibitions can include many things such as art in both major museums and smaller galleries, interpretive exhibitions, natural history museums and history museums, and also varieties such as more commercially focused exhibitions and trade fairs.

    In British English the word “exhibition” is used for a collection of items placed on display, and the event as a whole, which in American English is usually an “exhibit”. In both varieties of English each object being shown within an exhibition is an “exhibit”.

    In common usage, “exhibitions” are considered temporary and usually scheduled to open and close on specific dates. While many exhibitions are shown in just one venue, some exhibitions are shown in multiple locations and are called travelling exhibitions, and some are online exhibitions. Exhibitions featuring especially fragile or valuable objects, or live animals—may be shown only during a formal presentation, under the close supervision of attendant or educator. Temporary exhibits that are transported from institution to institution are traveling exhibits.

    Though exhibitions are common events, the concept of an exhibition is quite wide and encompasses many variables. Exhibitions range from an extraordinarily large event such as a World’s fair exposition to small one-artist solo shows or a display of just one item. Curators are sometimes involved as the people who select the items in an exhibition. Writers and editors are sometimes needed to write text, labels and accompanying printed material such as catalogs and books. Architects, exhibition designers, graphic designers and other designers may be needed to shape the exhibition space and give form to the editorial content. Organizing and holding exhibitions also requires effective event planning, management, and logistics.

  • Showroom (noun)

    A room in a business set aside for the display of the company’s products.

  • Showroom (noun)

    A room or apartment where a show is exhibited.

  • Showroom (verb)

    To inspect merchandise in a physical store, then purchase the identical product from an online merchant; to use a physical store as a showroom for an online merchant.

    “This new phone looks good, but I want to go to the mall and showroom it before buying.”

  • Exhibition (noun)

    An instance of exhibiting, or something exhibited.

  • Exhibition (noun)

    A large-scale public showing of objects or products.

    “There was an art exhibition on in the town hall.”

    “a boat exhibition”

  • Exhibition (noun)

    A financial award or prize given to a student (who becomes an exhibitioner) by a school or university, usually on the basis of academic merit.

  • Exhibition (noun)

    A game which does not impact the standings for any major cup or competition.

  • Showroom (noun)

    a room used to display goods for sale, such as appliances, cars, or furniture.

Oxford Dictionary

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