NorthernLight designed VR experience
‘Dare to Discover | A VR Journey’ which has been very well received by the press and visitors. “Cool”, “the 6 best minutes of the year”, “this is what all Dutch people should see”, were some reactions in the media and at the opening at the National Maritime Museum on 14 December.
The VR can be seen on board of the historic ship ‘Amsterdam’ at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam and takes you back to the Golden Age. NorthernLight has been responsible for the concept, design and creative direction of both the interior and identity. The concept has been developed in cooperation with the National Maritime Museum. The VR content has been created by ShoSho.
VR – a social experience
‘Dare to Discover | A VR Journey’ is the first museum experience in which VR is a social experience. Because the visitors do not have headphones on it is an activity you really experience together.
‘Dare to Discover’ is a high tech historical experience in an inspiring and intriguing environment. With surround sound, special effects, dazzling motion graphics and the impressive digital reconstruction of the 17th century port of Amsterdam, visitors are taken back to the atmosphere of the Golden Age. You feel the wind as you fly, hear the sounds of the activity in the harbor as part of an emotional soundtrack, and the objects and buildings from the historical landscape are colored as soon as you pass them.
In this experience high tech meets history. Besides a fantastic visitor experience, ‘Dare to Discover | A VR Journey’ is an innovative experiment in the use of modern technologies such as VR, in the creation of special experiences.
Masterpiece of Reinier Nooms
Starting point for ‘Dare to Discover’ is the masterpiece ‘View of the River IJ with ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn’ by Reinier Nooms in 1664. This painting shows a number of warships in front of the current building of the National Maritime Museum. The watchful observer recognizes in the VR journey Reinier Nooms, who belongs to the important maritime painters of the 17th century. He had the nickname Zeeman thanks to the many voyages he made.
Business in the Golden Age
During the VR journey, the visitor is in the middle of the port of 17th century Amsterdam. Closely and from a distance, he is watching several events and activities of sailing ships, rowing boats and ships that are under construction. At the start of the VR the Amsterdam skyline is still open. During the VR new land is created. Here the yard and ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn are being built. The Montelbaan tower is also visible, with traders of different nationalities and the supply and discharge of goods and services. This is also where sailors and soldiers say goodbye to their family and embark on the VOC. And don’t we see Michiel de Ruyter walking there with his wife?
Check out the trailer of ‘Dare to Discover’.