Oakland Museum 2.0

This weekend was Oakland Museum’s non-stop, 31 hour opening celebration. I was lucky enough to get a preview on Thursday and it is an impressive redesign effort. The Gallery of California History and the Gallery of California Art have been thoroughly reinvented. The Gallery of California Natural Sciences opens in the Fall of 2012.

We played a small part in the opening, as both the Art and History galleries have exhibits that run on our multitouch tables. We worked with Oakland Museum to design and develop software for the California Land Grab exhibit found in the History gallery. This multitouch and multiuser exhibit allows visitors to view high-resolution historical maps of California and other documents. This application was developed with our own GestureWorks framework for Adobe Flash.  Below are some photographs of the California Land Grab exhibit. There are more photographs of this exhibit and our multitouch tables on the Ideum Flickr stream.

California Land Grab Multitouch Exhibit

California Land Grab Multitouch Exhibit

A lot of newspaper articles covered the weekend opening, you can find a complete listing on the Oakland Museum website. One article in particular that caught my attention was in the Contra Costa Times, who published a map of the new galleries with descriptions and photos showing exhibits of interest. Check out Oakland Museum, 2.0 The Layout to get an overview of the new galleries.

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