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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.
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