Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
LocationGettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
Exhibition DesignGallagher & Associates
Civil War communication techniques are explored in this game-like experience that challenges visitors to decode signal flag messages.
Throughout the Civil War units on the battlefield used signal flags to send messages to each other. After an introduction to how flag positions and movements translated to letters and codes, visitors engage in challenges that pit their decoding abilities against the clock as they watch video clips of a Union signaler atop Little Roundtop. There are three levels of difficulty and an overhead repeater screen for spectators to watch the signaler’s progress.
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
- Technology Director
- Thomas Wester
- Matt Arnold
- Jennifer Guibord
- Production Artist
- Christen Hubbard
- Production Assistants
- Erica Dillon, Shane Farrell
- Quality Assurance
- Erica Dillon
- A/V Integration
- Exhibit Design
- Gallagher & Associates