Each story room examines a historical theme – from cooking and eating to architecture – with the aid of interactive elements. Exhibition-goers can digitally develop their own Ming porcelain, for example, while historical footage and documentaries are revealed at designated cinema stops. Once they’ve been inspired by ancestral discoveries, visitors can even physically dive into the archives in the Central Archaeological Repository – a room filled with closets and drawers – to dig deeper into their personal history.
Aimed at students, the Archaeological Activity Room re-creates an archaeological dig. After familiarizing themselves with the equipment and steps involved – including making a grid to identify where discoveries came from during the process – students can unearth replicas. By inspiring pupils in an interactive way, they can profoundly engage with the content – and will also perhaps see such work forming part of their future.