Museum Of Vancouver Uses Apps To Go Back in Time
Posted: May 4, 2013 by Maja Johnson
On April 30, 2013, the Museum of Vancouver launched "The Visible City", an application for smartphones that will take users "back in time".
Namely, this application was designed to show people the famous neon lights of Vancouver that was part of the city back in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The Museum of Vancouver was proud to announce that it was the first museum to use augmented reality technology and take it to the streets.
The application, which is free for download through Apple Store and Google Play, enables users to lift their smartphone onto a building and see what it looked like back in the old days.
The idea behind this "virtual exhibition" is to show people the cultural history of Vancouver. As the museum's curator states, most people don't know that Vancouver used to be a dark city where neon lights were one way to lighten it up. The museum hopes that people would take part into discussions and raise awareness of the cultural heritage of the city after they see its glorious past.
The Visible City provides virtual tours of the most popular neighborhoods of Vancouver like Granville Street, Chinatown and Hastings Street. Users can also take active participation in the app, by leaving comments, telling their own stories, voting for most favorite places and share them with others.