Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
A Day in the Life
LocationGettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
Two interactive stations challenge visitors to pack for battle or learn bugle calls in game-like experiences that illuminate a day in the life of a Civil War soldier.
Two challenges in one interactive, these activities engage younger audiences in a series of first-person decision-making exercises that bring to life the communication and preparation considerations a soldier faced. The Bugle Calls activity gives visitors an overview of several important calls every soldier was required to know, then tests their retention and musical discernment capabilities as they are asked to identify different calls. In the On Campaign activity visitors learn about all the gear a soldier might use throughout a campaign, and then challenges them to efficiently pack their sack for conflict and see how their decisions affect their ability to endure long marches and stand ready for battle.
Press & AwardsHOW, Interactive Design Awards, Merit, Kiosks, 2009“New Museum Guides Visitors Through Gettysburg,” Associated Press, Martha Raffaele, April 23, 2008
Interactive touches—both high- and low-tech—are scattered throughout the museum...Visitors can touch a replica of slave shackles and find out for themselves how heavily a soldier’s backpack weighed him down. Using touch-screen computers, they can learn how to recognize bugle calls, decode signal corps flag messages, and locate battlefield monuments.“Center Designed to Put Gettysburg into Perspective,” Baltimore Sun, Edward Gunts, April 14, 2008
The visitor center has been designed to immerse visitors in the Gettysburg story by exposing them to the National Park Service’s extensive collection of war objects, artifacts and archival materials, as well as interactive exhibits and displays that will prepare them to tour the areas where the fighting took place.“At Last, a Gettysburg Redress,” Washington Post, Philip Kennicott, April 14, 2008
The historical galleries next to the theaters are very much in line with the contemporary trend toward media-dense exhibits, filled with shorter films in mini-theaters, all carefully structured to draw the viewer through ‘a narrative’ presentation of the war, its causes and its aftermath.“Reinforcing History,” Philadelphia Enquirer, Amy Worden, April 13, 2008
In another area, visitors can tap computer stations to see whether their ancestors fought here and follow troop movements on a touch screen.
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- Martin Linde
- Motion Designer
- Martin Linde
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Matt Arnold
- Jennifer Guibord
- Production Artist
- Christen Hubbard
- Production Assistants
- Erica Dillon, Shane Farrell
- Sound Design
- Audio Wells
- Quality Assurance
- Erica Dillon
- A/V Integration
- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates