A new virtual reality exhibit is set to fully immerse virtual travelers in the wonders of Peru’s Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida is gearing up to host the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition. It will feature a full-motion, 360-degree, interactive VR experience that enables visitors to experience the ruins of Machu Picchu as they would in person and learn about the ancient civilizations of Peru in the process.
Less than one million visitors are allowed at the historic site each year. The number has been further reduced to approximately 250,000 to implement the social distancing protocols post the pandemic. But the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition can enable more people to experience these remarkable ruins.
The exhibit will use VR motion chairs with multisensory stimulation features such as high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the back seats, scent dispensers, and unlimited 360-degree rotation to facilitate the first-ever virtual walk-through of Machu Picchu. As a result, VR travelers can essentially see, hear, feel, and even smell throughout the journey of Andean history.
Apart from the VR experience, the exhibit also brings the most extensive Andean gold collection in front of the world’s eyes. The visitors could marvel at a display of 192 artifacts from royal tombs, many of which have never been displayed outside Peru. A notable one is a fully intact gold attire of a Chimú emperor that dates to 1300 A.D.
“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is an impressive and extensive exhibition that showcases the limitless potential of VR technology,” said Anthony Tann, President of World Heritage Exhibitions.
“There are hundreds of ancient artifacts to admire, and I am excited to welcome visitors to experience this monumental period of human history through the lens of virtual reality. This exhibition was put together by many talented individuals and with excellent technology, and I am certain it will be a memorable and enchanting experience for many to enjoy.”
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