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German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven

A living museum system

Development of a new, living museum system for the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven (2007)

The Project: The German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven portrays the emigration of Germans to the USA over the course of two centuries. The museum is situated on a historic site in the New Port which was the departure point for over 7 million mostly German emigrants headed to the New World between 1830 and 1974. In 2007, the German Emigration Center won the prestigious “European Museum of the Year” award for its innovative exhibition concept that takes an emotional approach in conveying history through life-like reenactment scenes and multimedia presentations.

The Challenge: Enhance the special experience of historical authenticity through tailored media concepts including appropriate software and hardware.

The Solution: Together with the general planner Studio Andreas Heller in Hamburg and art historian/project planner Marina Eismann, Amptown System Company designed an intelligent RFID ticket system with a “boarding pass” that allows the visitor to take an extraordinary journey through time, making history come alive.

By selecting from 15 emigrant biographies, visitors have the opportunity to access the emigrant’s life story at over 100 audio stations and interactive displays, making the journey through time even more personal. Thanks to the RFID ticket ID, visitors can log in via internet to the ever-expanding emigrant database weeks after their museum trip and research emigrated ancestors.

The addition of this specially developed RFID-supported audio stream client system, which was installed in just two nights, shows how easy it is to integrate this system. Since then, it has handled over half a million contacts glitch-free and proves itself over and over again on a daily basis.

Excerpt from the materials list:

  • RFID reader/writers, RS-600 stream server (client) for MP3 files
  • Barco 6000 ANSI lumen projectors
  • Various sound-system components

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    German Emigration Center

    A living museum system

    The technology in the German Emigration Center brings history to life in an emotional way through language and multimedia exhibits.

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    German Emigration Center

    A living museum system

    The technology in the German Emigration Center brings history to life in an emotional way through language and multimedia exhibits.

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    German Emigration Center

    A living museum system

    The technology in the German Emigration Center brings history to life in an emotional way through language and multimedia exhibits.

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    German Emigration Center

    A living museum system

    The technology in the German Emigration Center brings history to life in an emotional way through language and multimedia exhibits.

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