Object Explorer

Science History Institute

For 37 years, the Science History Institute has sought to preserve and promote an understanding of the history of science and how its discoveries and innovations have shaped our modern lives.  To serve as the new museum centerpiece in that mission, we created Object Explorer, a new way to make the scope of that ambition, a little easier to get your hands around.

Overview

  • Representative objects tell the story of major innovations in materials science, chemistry, energy and more.
  • Custom 3D-printed objects trigger and manipulate digital events, content, and stories
  • Custom 20’ Hi Res Media display

Credits

  • Potion
    Concept Design & Development
    Graphic & Interactive Design
    Motion Graphics Animation
    Software Development
  • Kalin Detail & Design
    Object Fabrication
  • Electrosonic
    AV Integration
  • Theodore Gray and The Red Green & Blue Company Ltd
    Additional Content

A two-part multimedia exhibit, Object Explorer tells the history of modern innovations —from such wide-ranging topics as energy, synthetic materials, refrigeration and others—through everyday objects these innovations made possible.  Placing a custom 3D printed object on the table activates interactive media related to that object.  But the discovery is more than the history of the object itself. Instead, the objects show us broader stories of innovations in multiple spaces, historical events and social change that they catalyzed.  A single object could expose stories of materials science, sanitation, advances in healthcare, and huge changes social and economic changes wrought by industrial mechanization.

Standing tall over the table and visible from just about anywhere in the museum is the media column where ultra high-resolution video showcases the museums collection of art, scientific instruments, rare books, and photos:  the who and what of scientific discovery across centuries.

A two-part multimedia exhibit, Object Explorer tells the history of modern innovations —from such wide-ranging topics as energy, synthetic materials, refrigeration and others—through everyday objects these innovations made possible.  Placing a custom 3D printed object on the table activates interactive media related to that object.  But the discovery is more than the history of the object itself. Instead, the objects show us broader stories of innovations in multiple spaces, historical events and social change that they catalyzed.  A single object could expose stories of materials science, sanitation, advances in healthcare, and huge changes social and economic changes wrought by industrial mechanization.

Standing tall over the table and visible from just about anywhere in the museum is the media column where ultra high-resolution video showcases the museums collection of art, scientific instruments, rare books, and photos:  the who and what of scientific discovery across centuries.

Credits

  • Potion
    Concept Design & Development
    Graphic & Interactive Design
    Motion Graphics Animation
    Software Development
  • Kalin Detail & Design
    Object Fabrication
  • Electrosonic
    AV Integration
  • Theodore Gray and The Red Green & Blue Company Ltd
    Additional Content