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VISITOR CENTERS
VISITOR CENTERS
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Discovery Par
of America
Discovery Park of America is set in a beautiful 50-acre park in Union City, Tennessee.
The park includes historic buildings and attractive landscaping, but its centerpiece is
Discovery Center, a 100,000-square-foot building showcasing ten exhibit galleries:
Children’s Exploration, Energy, Enlightenment, Military, Native Americans, Natural History,
Regional History, Science/Space/Technology, and Transportation.
Discovery Park of America’s mission is education: its
exhibits and programs compel visitors of all ages to
“see beyond” their current level of knowledge in many
areas, and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Discovery Park’s principal benefactor is the Robert E.
and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation.
In the Native Americans gallery, a “holographic”
storyteller recounts the legends and beliefs of the
area’s indigenous people. Electrosonic installed four
46-inch LCD monitors for the exhibit, which brings the
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AV content to exhibits is delivered primarily by 32- and
55-inch Samsung LCDs and Innovox loudspeakers.
Source and control equipment is sited in an equipment
room on the middle level of the center, which minimizes
the length of cable runs. Overall system control is by a
Medialon system.
Thinc Design was the designer of the exhibition
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company, who sub-contracted the majority of the
required audio-visual installations to Electrosonic.
Content for the AV-based exhibits was developed by
the Richard Lewis Media Group.
Photographs (clockwise from left):
• The Discovery Center next to a 100 year old church
• Holographic exhibit
• Solar Album
• Earthquake Simulator
• Universe exhibit
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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for
the United States Senate, located
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in Boston, is dedicated to educating
the public about the important role
of the Senate in the US government,
encouraging participatory democracy,
invigorating civil discourse, and
inspiring the next generation of
citizens and leaders to engage in the
civic life of their communities. Its
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March 30, 2015.
The exhibition areas of the Institute were
designed by New York-based ESI Design, well
known for its expertise in creating innovative
visitor participation exhibits. The exhibit fabricator
was the Lee Kennedy Co of Boston. Richard
Lewis Media Group was responsible for AV
media production and Control Group developed
custom software for the Senate simulation and
the 750 Google Nexus tablets issued to visitors.
These allow visitors full interaction with both
the exhibits and other visitors. Electrosonic was
responsible for completing the AV system design
and integration under sub-contract to the Lee
Kennedy Co.
The exhibition makes extensive use of blended
image projection and large LCDs. The architecture
of the building required long cable runs, so
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processing equipment includes a CORIO Edge
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Spyder processor from Christie.
A highlight of the visit is the reconstruction of the
Senate Chamber. This gives visitors a real sense
of its importance, and allows them to participate
in its procedures, with a chance to vote on current
issues. The simulation of Senate procedures is
enhanced by the use of three video walls, one 4×3
and two 1×3 (made up from Sharp 60-inch LCDs)
and by use of the tablets which allow visitors to
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Photographs:
• The Edward M. Kennedy Institute
• Rendering of the Senate Chamber as seen from the gallery
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Edward M Kennedy
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Bruce T Martin Photography
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