Within the innovative exhibition at the Nikola Tesla Museum, visitors to the first virtual reality display in the world dedicated to Tesla will be welcomed by the great scientist himself. Over a four-year period of his life – from when he was a young man to his more senior years – on July 8 Nikola Tesla will be brought to life in the one-of-a-kind Tesla Experience exhibition, donated to the museum by Direct Media in honor of Tesla’s anniversary and the company’s 15 years of successful business.
“The virtual reality exhibition, as a state-of-the-art segment of the latest display at the Nikola Tesla Museum, means that we are keeping up with global trends in museology. The new exhibition exudes the era of Nikola Tesla’s life and creations, and its virtual segment is our way of providing visitors with a modern and quite direct interaction with Tesla’s legacy and doctrine, at the same time making them accessible to his admirers throughout the world,” says Branimir Jovanović, Director of the Nikola Tesla Museum.
By placing VR headset devices on their heads much like they would regular helmets, visitors be able to immerse themselves in the virtual world of Nikola Tesla and hear about his achievements through five stories told by the scientist himself. They will learn about his relationship with Edison, the reason he never got married, and assist him in his experiments.
“Tesla had dedicated his whole life to innovation, wanting his patents to benefit the whole humanity. Stemming from this principle and believing modern technologies and companies themselves should have a purpose benefiting the wider community, this exhibition was donated in a desire to convey the values which Tesla upheld,” says Jovan Stojanović, Director of Direct Media.
What’s it like to stand next to Tesla at his hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls, or assist him in Colorado Springs or the tower platform on Long Island; what was Tesla’s room like in the famous New Yorker hotel, and what was his vision of the future? These scenes are integral parts of the virtual exhibition conceived by Vitomir Jevremović from Digital Mind.
“Visitors will feel like they are actually standing next to Tesla himself. He will address them, and they will be able to see his emotions at all times. Thanks to the extensive museum holdings, original photographs, as well as Tesla’s personal belongings, we have managed to completely reconstruct Tesla’s laboratories, the sites of his greatest inventions, as well as his character itself. This is going to be an experience that inspires and sparks whets appetite for learning,” says Vitomir Jevremović, the author of the exhibition.
“After the biggest museums in the world, which introduced virtual reality in their displays quite recently, this global communications trend is also arriving in the Nikola Tesla Museum in the year of Tesla’s anniversary. This will make our museum the first cultural institution in the world to use virtual reality to bring the great scientist to life,” says Stojanović. Virtual reality museums are an inevitable future of museology, the visitor ceases to be a passive participant of the exhibition but rather becomes an active part of the story, which is now happening everywhere around them, the same moment they step into the virtual world.
After the opening of the Tesla Experience exhibition at the Museum, a mobile app will be launched together with a website with a 3D view so that all those who are unable to visit the Museum – including people from all over the world – can interact with the world’s greatest inventor and learn about his accomplishments.