USA — Foundation Creates Interactive Marine Web Museum

DUMFRIES, Va. — The Marine Corps Her­itage Foun­da­tion today launched the Nation­al Muse­um of the Marine Corps Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence, allow­ing Marines and civil­ians world­wide to expe­ri­ence a cut­ting-edge Web ver­sion of the real Nation­al Muse­um of the Marine Corps locat­ed in Quan­ti­co, Va.

With in-depth, spe­cial edu­ca­tion­al fea­tures on exhibits, gal­leries and arti­facts as well as muse­um guides shar­ing their sto­ries of Marine Corps his­to­ry, the Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence brings the muse­um straight into homes and class­rooms through a series of high-def­i­n­i­tion, 360-degree panoram­ic tours, audio nar­ra­tives and exten­sive mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions. Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence spe­cial fea­tures include:

— Oral his­to­ry record­ings;

— Walk­ing-tour nar­ra­tives avail­able at the muse­um;

— Video inter­views and per­son­al rec­ol­lec­tions by muse­um guides;

— Zoomable high-def­i­n­i­tion pho­tos of spe­cial exhibits;

— Cus­tom video pre­sen­ta­tions cre­at­ed exclu­sive­ly for the muse­um; and

— Inter­ac­tive 3-D mod­els of air­craft and oth­er large-scale arti­facts.

“In today’s econ­o­my and with Marines deployed around the world, Marines don’t always have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it their Nation­al Muse­um,” said retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. George R. “Ron” Christ­mas, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Marine Corps Her­itage Foun­da­tion. “The Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence pro­vides all Amer­i­cans and Marines every­where, no mat­ter where they live, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be con­nect­ed to the [Nation­al Muse­um of the Marine Corps] and wit­ness their his­to­ry on dis­play.”

Unable to vis­it the muse­um in per­son, Marine Corps vet­er­an Steven Wal­lace of Bev­er­ly Hills, Calif., con­ceived the idea to cre­ate a dig­i­tal ver­sion of the muse­um. Through fund­ing pro­vid­ed by Wal­lace to the Marine Corps Her­itage Foun­da­tion, the Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence was cre­at­ed by the Vir­ginia-based Dynol­o­gy Corp., allow­ing any­one with Inter­net access to expe­ri­ence the unique per­spec­tive of U.S. his­to­ry on dis­play at the Nation­al Muse­um of the Marine Corps.

The Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence is a free edu­ca­tion­al tool for stu­dents and Amer­i­can his­to­ry enthu­si­asts and it pro­vides an up-close look at exhibits and arti­facts on dis­play while explain­ing their sig­nif­i­cance in Marine Corps and U.S. his­to­ry, foun­da­tion offi­cials said. The Vir­tu­al Expe­ri­ence offers vis­i­tors an in-depth tuto­r­i­al on arti­facts, offi­cials added, pro­vid­ing more infor­ma­tion than is pos­si­ble to dis­play at the muse­um.

The non­prof­it Marine Corps Her­itage Foun­da­tion sup­ports the his­tor­i­cal pro­grams of the Marine Corps, pro­vid­ing grants and schol­ar­ships for research and the ren­o­va­tion, restora­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of his­tor­i­cal Marine Corps arti­facts and land­marks.

From a Marine Corps Her­itage Foun­da­tion News Release
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)