The Altered Exhibit - An online workshop

  • October 21, 2020

The Altered-Exhibit

How Augmented-Reality, X Reality, and Virtual Reality Can Enhance the Museum Experience

An Online Workshop

We'll demonstrate how the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies can enhance the museum experience, making exhibits more interactive and immersive. Participants will learn how AR and XR technologies can be integrated into already existing exhibits and how they can be used to attract and educate visitors.

We will specifically talk about using Photogrammetry and 3D modeling to enhance existing or new exhibits, Altered-Reality Models being used to help visualize historical narratives, and the use of Virtual Reality for fully immersive exhibits.

We will talk about the different technologies needed to make these projects, which most small to mid-sized museums already have! They include digital SLR cameras, webcams, and cellphones.

This talk is oriented toward small and mid-sized museums/collections, but it is relevant to large ones as well.


Your Presenters

Matt Blazek is the Executive Director of History Live! North East, a 501(c)(30 nonprofit organization that provides high-fidelity, accurate, informative, interactive, andengaging living history presentations and demonstrations to primary and secondary schools, free of charge. He has over 25 years experience as a living history interpreter and educator, and studied Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Southern Maine. In 2017 he started the lecture series The Agincourt Soldier, and has done over 200 presentations across Maine and New England since. In 2020 he merged that venture into History Live! North East, with plans to expand to 1607 Pre-Colonial Maine, and 1775 Pre-American Revolution.


Ian Donnelly is an Research and Development Engineer at Penn State University, working to develop VR and AR applications. He has a passion for creating immersive and interactive pedagogical experiences. For his University of Maine honors thesis, Ian created Microscopia, a digital museum experience in both VR and AR. The applications centered around photogrammetric models of organisms generated from images captured with a scanning electron microscope, allowing users to shrink down to a microscopic scale. Since completing that project, he has shifted focus from science education to cultural heritage in his current projects.

Attending an Online Workshop

To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 

Online registration will be open through November 10.

The fee for members is $10.  Non-members pay $20.

Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!



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