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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

Revamped and reinvigorated, the $3M redevelopment of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum will provide visitors with an unforgettable experience of what life was like in colonial Warrnambool.

Completed in June 2017, the 18-month project, completed by a consortium of contractors, was led by The Pod’s perpetual partner in crime, Acumen Design. Our focus was to revitalise the open air museum and period buildings using the magic of contemporary digital technologies and displays and bring to life the fascinating history of Warrnambool and the shipwreck coast.

Upon entering the museum site, visitors are greeted by the Orientation Theatre, a 7-screen projection experience that wonderfully illuminates the history of the area.

Utilising historical photographs, animation and motion graphics, this brand new installation is the ‘mood setter’, an immersive cinema that whets the visitors appetite and contextualises the entire museum.

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The sound and light experiences

A feast of cinematic action, 3D animation and dazzling light and sound effects, the newly produced ‘Harpooned’ and ‘Shipwrecked’ night shows are the main attraction of the revamp. Depicting a team of whalers as they harry a Southern Right Whale around the waters of Warrnambool and the harrowing, real-life story of the clipper ship, Loch Ard, as it makes its final voyage, both shows are projected onto spectacular 9 meter water wall, providing an awe-inspiring experience for visitors.

Harpooned
‘Harpooned’ transports the visitor back to the 1800s when whale hunting was a way of life. Highlighting the importance of whale products to everyday Victorian life, viewers are the thrust into the open water aboard a whaling boat, experiencing the sheer excitement and perilous dangers that went hand in hand with each whaling expedition.



Shipwrecked
‘Shipwrecked’ invites visitors aboard the ‘Loch Ard’, a clipper ship carrying passengers from Britain in search of a new life in Australia. All aboard are risking their lives, putting their trust in their fearless Captain, Mr. George Gibb, as they navigate the treacherous shipwreck coast.



Village multimedia installations

Peppered throughout the museum are a variety of interactive and proximity-activated displays that engage the visitors and provide keen insight into the history of the area.

Ranging from the strict school teacher to the sail makers loft to the daily newspaper to the local blacksmith, visitors can interact with the displays and get a flavour of the era.

The Pod was proud to work alongside the following companies whose technical expertise and creative input have ensured the revamped Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum remains a major Victorian and Australian tourist attraction.

Interpretive design: Acumen Design

Lighting design and installation: Bluebottle

AV hardware, design and installation: generation-e

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