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NEC Display: Chicago's Field Museum

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As visitors make their way to the end of The Field Museum's "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" exhibition, they are greeted by NEC's 3x2 tiled display setup with touch integration.

Quick Facts
  • Facility: The Field Museum
  • Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Challenge: Creating an interactive experience for visitors with the Museum’s exhibition, “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World”
  • Solution: 46” NEC MultiSync LCD4620
  • Date: November 2007

At Chicago’s Field Museum, Exhibitions Department directors are constantly on the lookout for exhibits that will captivate the eyes and interests of its four million visitors every year. This museum, which was incorporated following 1893’s World’s Columbian Exposition, is known for hosting attractions that not only promote education on natural history and culture, but cleverly portray how far we’ve come and what the future holds in store.

For its late 2007 temporary exhibition, "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World," Field Museum administrators wanted to illustrate the history of mapmaking over the last 3000 years, including today’s digital possibilities. Five years in the making, the exhibition featured rare and historic maps from 68 lenders in 11 countries, that spanned centuries and levels of sophistication-from clay tablets and sea charts to the latest navigation systems. The exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 130 of the world’s greatest maps, including those from ancient Rome and ancient Babylon, cartographers Leonardo da Vinci and Mercator, as well as the great libraries of the world, including the Vatican Library and the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. These famous maps are juxtaposed with modern ones, including in-car navigation and handheld systems powered by NAVTEQ.

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