06 Jan 2020

“Becoming Jane“ – National Geographic Museum Presents Immersive Exhibition About Jane Goodall

© Rebecca Hale / National GeopgraphicIn partnership with the Falcon’s Creative Group and the Jane Goodall Institute, the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. created an immersive exhibition experience about the life and work of British primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall. Considered to be one of the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is known for her long-time study of wild chimpanzees conducted in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Under the title of “Becoming Jane”, visitors to the museum have been able to experience this special exhibition since late November 2019. Numerous interactive multimedia stations were installed to provide in-depth information about Goodall’s life and the species of apes. E.g., guests can put on an AR headset (equipped with Falcon’s “VisionTM” technology) as binoculars, locking their focus on a target to trigger important findings from Jane’s groundbreaking research. Another station enables visitors to learn more about the functionality of communication among chimpanzees.

A special experience is provided in a 3D 10K theater, in which visitors can feel what it was like to be Jane as she trekked through the jungle searching for the elusive chimpanzees. The film superimposes CG chimps into footage of Gombe Stream National Park that was shot with a virtual reality 360-degree 3D camera. The floor and walls serve as additional projection surfaces, further drawing the guest into Jane’s narrative.

“Our mission with this legacy exhibition is to celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Jane Goodall, exploring her early years, her fascinating studies in Gombe, and her current environmental advocacy. With Falcon’s Creative Group, we have created engaging multimedia and interactive, hands-on experiences that will enhance the storytelling […],” says Alan Parente, Vice President of Creative at National Geographic. (eap)