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Shanghai Daily Tuesday 25 July 2017 Jing鈥檃n B3 Technology enhances other museum sites in the district A visitor views a virtual reality scene through an augmented reality headset at the Memorial and Museum of the Second Shanghai Natural History Museum National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The museum, like many other memorial sites and museums, is introducing new technologies to improve exhibit story-telling. This museum holds a combination of classic and modern elements related New memorial museum presents to the natural world. It uses interactive history in a visitor-friendly format activities to enhance the experience for visitors. Attractions include dinosaur Li Qian The experience is dynamic, allow- and words are projected on a model models that move and roar, and interac- ing visitors to actually see history as of the site that held the important tive multimedia displays allowing visitors Memorial sites and mu- if they were participants. Party meeting in 1922, along with to get close to exhibits. seums are all about an audio interpretation. The site was storytelling, but telling a 鈥淚t鈥檚 very exciting,鈥?said armed po- also the People鈥檚 Publishing House Visitors can scan designated specimens story so well that people lice officer Cai Chenhua, who visited 鈥?the first secret publishing house by using the museum鈥檚 app, bringing are entranced is not always easy. the site. 鈥淚 have never experienced of the Party 鈥?and the apartment of ancient fossils 鈥渂ack to life.鈥?They can see augmented reality before. It helps Li Da, one of the founding members a Smilodon, a saber-toothed prehistoric In the Hollywood blockbuster 鈥淭he me to better understand history.鈥? of the Party. beast, jumping out of the screen into Night at the Museum,鈥?the exhibits the air, and the giant Mamenchisaurus come to live to tell their tales. Now, Another visitor, surnamed Zhu, 鈥淭he site locates where the former dinosaur lumbering along in the Jurassic interactive digital storytelling tech- was equally impressed. International Settlement and French Period. nologies are turning that far-fetched Concession met,鈥?said You Wei, an idea into practical reality. 鈥淚 got to see the actual setting official with the site. 鈥淎lso, shikumen In a temporary exhibition being held of the Second National Congress buildings were common in Shanghai through August 2, 35 dinosaurs 鈥渃ome to One of those technologies relies of CPC, including items such as and look very similar. So, it was a life,鈥?thanks to the modern technologies on augmented reality. It has been de- the teacups that were used by the safe and secret place.鈥? of augmented reality, virtual reality and ployed to great effect in the Memorial participants. It felt as if I were there 3D effects. and Museum of the Second National with them.鈥? Another highlight is the room of Congress of the Communist Party of Party Constitutions. There, visitors Sihang Warehouse Battle Memorial China, which has reopened in Jing鈥檃n The memorial museum also has a can read the electronic versions of after a four-month renovation. giant LED screen stretching to the constitutions in various editions and This venue along Suzhou Creek was ceiling, 3D effects and some touch in foreign languages by touching a originally built as a storage facility for This is a break from the stereo- screens. glass screen in front of the original banks, but Japanese invaders requi- typed image of Party鈥檚 memorial books. sitioned it as a military headquarters sites, which are usually deemed In the past, a Party flag was hung during their occupation of Shanghai in dogmatic and old-fogey. Instead, the behind the bronze statues that rep- You said they have managed to World War II. refurbished museum both educates resent a grassroots worker, farmer, collect about 1,300 copies, and the and entertains in an engaging style woman and young student in the exhibits will be changed from time Around the warehouse, Chinese and that will resonate with visitors. entrance hall. Now, the flag has been to time. It will give the memorial Japanese soldiers engaged in a fierce replaced by an LED screen, where the chance to constantly create new four-day battle in 1937. It was one of the The first plenary session of Second visitors can see blue sky and scud- experiences to try to get people to bloodiest campaigns in Shanghai wartime. National Congress of CPC, held in ding clouds. At certain times, videos visit more than once. Bullet holes can still be seen in the walls. July 1922, is an important piece of of Party history will be played on the Chinese history. It adopted the first screen. The memorial museum is open The battle is 鈥渞e-enacted鈥?through audio Party Constitution. Tuesdays through Sundays, from effects and 3D holographic projection. In a room opposite the hall, 3D ho- 9am to 4pm. Visitors can stand among bronze stat- In the reopened facility, visi- lographic projection is used to tell a ues of soldiers and listen to Colonel Xie tors walk into a 鈥渓iving room鈥?in a piece of rarely known history. Lights Visitors can read Jinyuan talking. They can also experience building styled in the traditional various editions the sensations of 鈥渟tout resistance鈥?and Shanghai shikumen architecture. The of the Party 鈥渞aging flames鈥?outside the warehouse. room features a traditional Chinese- constitution by style table and chairs. touching the glass The memorial periodically will hold screen in front 鈥渋nteractive plays,鈥?with middle school Visitors are given specially de- of the original children re-enacting some of the histori- signed glasses that use augmented documents. 鈥? cal events. reality to create a mix of the Jiang Xiaowei real and digital worlds. Through computer-generated sensory input, visitors can see the Party Constitu- tion appear above the table and flick through it automatically. Later in the presentation, early Party leaders who attended the session appear. They sit at the table and talk to each other.