BRINGING THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
Utilizing the vast collections of the Museum, the Witte blends the beloved dioramas and historic collections of the Witte’s past with immersive spaces, multi-media, films and interactive. The result is a thoroughly engaging and theatrical space that tells the story of the True Texas, millions, thousands and hundreds of years ago to today.
The three Dino spinners screens positioned around dinosaur mounts offer visitors a unique and in-depth way to learn more about their favorite prehistoric creatures. Visitors can rotate and manipulate in real-time 3D dinosaurs, tap hotspots to unlock quick, engaging facts about the creatures in front of them.
The Rock Art connects visitors to the people who called this area home 12,000 years ago. A huge projection screen transports visitors to the site of a beautiful mural painted thousands of years ago — while a 55″ touch-screen with very high res. images allow visitors to explore in detail 5 different sites and their murals and learn more about their meanings and surroundings.
In this gamifying experience, visitors get their hands “dirty” in the Digital Dig. The 32″ touchscreen table allows visitors to learn about the sites, tools, field notes and methods paleontologists use… all while uncovering fossils on their own.
BEHIND THE SCENES
We ran several rounds of client and prototype reviews, on and off-site user testings throughout the project duration, working closely with target audiences such as middle schoolers and their teachers for feedback implementation. Using JIRA as a software development tracking tool, we successfully brought to life 8 major interactive pieces spread across the museum.
Exhibit & Media Design: Gallagher & Associates
3D graphics: Karen Carr
Software Development: Ideum
Architect: Lake Flato
The Witte Museum of Natural History
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Studio: Gallagher & Associates
Visual & User Interface Design
Testing & Quality Assurance
3D interactive environments
2017 IDCA Silver Award — Best Scenography