The Washington Post, 2017-12-22
An amusement-park ride at the museum
“Technology makes visitors part of the exhibits.”
Across town, the new Museum of the Bible opened in November with several attractions that also push the boundaries of museum exhibits, including an amusement-park ride called “Washington Revelations” that takes visitors on a virtual flight round the capital city. Other galleries use video and music to animate Bible stories in what museum officials describe as an immersive experience.
“It’s a new platform for storytelling,” said museum director Kathryn Keane. “It allows us to try new things to capture the imagination of young people especially.” At the Museum of the Bible, the simulated aerial ride was created by Dynamic Motion Rides, a company that designs “multimedia, multisensory motion-based attractions” according to its website. Three years ago, museum president Cary Summers approached DyMoRides about showing the connection between the Bible and the buildings of Washington. The six-minute aerial tour flies over the buildings and into their domed interiors, blending history, religion and thrills.
These experiences may be cutting-edge now, but they will soon be the norm, Cary Summers said.
Read the original article: An amusement-park ride at the museum? Technology makes visitors part of the exhibits, by Peggy McGlone, Washington Post, December 22, 2017