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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 led by Acumen Design. The Pod’s focus was to revitalise the open air museum and period buildings using the magic of contemporary digital technologies, multimedia and story-telling to 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 17-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

Two newly produced sound and light shows, ‘Harpooned’ and ‘Shipwrecked’, are the main attractions of the Museums nighttime revamp. Visitors enjoy a 60 minute experience beginning with a 17-screen cinematic introduction of the history of the Warrnambool area.

The visitors are then led through the village where streetlights, shops and building are lit up with an accompanying soundscape creating a sense of what it might have been like as they wander down to the wharf. Once seated in the Wharf Theatre a large screen covers the theatre from overlooking the lake and a prologue commences setting the scene for the main show of the evening.

Once the scene is set, the screen is pulled away revealing the village, a spectacular 12 metre water wall springs from the lake and provides visitors with an awe-inspiring feast of cinematic action, 3D animation and dazzling light and sound effects.


Harpooned
‘Harpooned’ transports the visitor back in time to when whale hunting was a way of life in the early 1830’s on the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. To set the scene a short film illustrates the importance of whale products to everyday Victorian life. From here we are thrust into the dangers of a whale hunt on the Shipwreck Coast.

Shipwrecked
‘Shipwrecked’ also transports visitors back in time to when the opportunity for a new life in Australia was worth taking the harrowing and dangerous voyage from Britain. ‘Shipwrecked’ brings to life the story of the clipper ship, Loch Ard, as it fatefully makes its final voyage to Australia from England.


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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