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What is the difference between Exhibit and Exhibition?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: Feb 26, 2020

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N. Reyes

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N. Reyes, Writer, B.ed, California

Answered Oct 22, 2019

Exhibit and exhibition are two similar things, but the exhibition is the term used for UK English while the exhibit is the term used for American English. Both refer to a type of place wherein there are a lot of items that can be seen. There are also instances when the term exhibition can be used for much larger events. For example, there is an exhibition of the works of some great artists over the years.

This would require a bigger space and would possibly have a bigger turnout to accommodate more fans and admirers of the different artists. The exhibit is usually simpler and smaller. It may be placed in a small hall or in a room.


H. Jones

H. Jones, Web Content Writer, San Antonio,

Answered Sep 11, 2019

The words “exhibit” and “exhibition” are oftentimes used interchangeably, but these words are not the same. The two words do not mean the same thing. An exhibit refers to the display or show of something for others to see. A common example of an exhibit is a group of artworks you see. An exhibition most often refers to a single item being displayed.

On the other hand, an exhibition refers to the also mean the act of showing or presenting something. The exhibition is likely to an event where many objects and collection of works are displayed for the viewing of people present at the event. In summary, the exhibit refers to an object to be displayed, and the exhibition is the act of presenting a collection of works. I hope you find this information helpful.


F. Ray

F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered Sep 06, 2019

Some people love going to exhibits because they feel that exhibits are genuinely educational, especially if they are interested in the items that are being shown. Some are confused whether exhibits and exhibitions are the same. When you say exhibition, this means that there is some presentation that has to go on.

For example, when there is a panel of judges who will judge gymnasts, the gymnasts will need to do an exhibition to make people determine which one they would pick as the best. The exhibit usually refers to a collection of items that are placed in a room for people to analyze and admire.


J. Pollock

J. Pollock, Science Professor, Los Angeles

Answered Sep 04, 2019

A lot of people assume that they can use exhibit and exhibition interchangeably but these two actually mean different things. When you say exhibit, you may refer to something that is being shown. Have you ever wondered why a collection of artwork or photographs are referred to as an exhibit and not an exhibition? This is because the exhibition means the space where the art will be shown.

The exhibition refers to where the exhibit is going to be placed. This explains why these two cannot be used interchangeably. Take note that a lot of the items that are shown on an exhibit are not immediately for sale. They may become available to be sold after but most exhibits just show off a collection.


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