With room-scale VR experiences and an online library of 360 degree VR videos, Philadelphia’s ‘The Franklin Institute’ aims to bring a new dimension to science tourism.
In order to engage audiences in completely new ways, the Institute started offering a new facility called “The Holodeck” equipped with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets for its visitors.
Using the VR headsets visitors can deeply connect to some of the core exhibits like The Giant Heart, Space Command and Your Brain and be transported to Mars, space station or to an open heart surgery.
The Institute also designed a virtual reality library within the categories of Space, Planet Earth, Human Body, Technology, Physical Sciences, and History from all over the world.
“The Franklin Institute is making a strong commitment to helping advance museums digitally. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology and immersive virtual reality is a way to do that like never before,” says Larry Dubinski, President & CEO of The Franklin Institute.
An exclusive 360-degree view of the deep ocean, a visit to the space station, or a journey into the human brain are some of the experiences offered on Franklin Institute’s app.
Users can also use the app to get in-museum directions.