Six vertically integrated HD monitors greet visitors in the welcome hall of the Discovery Centre.
Three-screen interactives controlled by a touch monitor allow visitors to make life decisions that the Fort's residents would have made.
Life-sized characters tell stories about the Fort.
A visitor gets ready to fire on a virtual ship.
Above, a visitor is thrilled when he has hit the ship! To the right, another visitor was not so lucky. Next time!
A multi-user touch table allows visitors to explore an interactive timeline of the Fort's history. All content is available in English and French.
A group of children learn about the type of food enlisted soldiers and officers would have eaten at the Fort. Text in English and French.
Left, an interactive lets visitors photograph themselves and enlist in the Fort Henry Guard. Right, a visitor explores the systems of defense.
Fort Henry Discovery Centre
Fort Henry was built in the 1830s in response to the U.S. invasion of British North America during the War of 1812. Hillmann & Carr consulted on the interpretive master plan and produced all the media in the Centre. In the large Welcome Hall visitors encounter life-sized characters—bombardiers, infantrymen, officers, teachers, mothers—going about daily life when the call to arms is sounded. Visitors are immersed in a full- scale battle drill complete with cannon and rifle fire.
In the exhibit, five other life-sized characters—displayed on six-foot tall monitors—tell stories about the fort. In a Pepper’s ghost mini-theater, a ghostly apparition of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald greets visitors. In multi-screen computer interactives, visitors can become military recruits, an army physician’s assistant or a soldier-father. Elsewhere they can fire a mechanical cannon and sink a virtual ship. A multi-user computer interactive table gives groups access to 250 images and information in a timeline of the fort.