On Nov. 15, 2017, the National Geographic Museum will open a groundbreaking, immersive 3-D exhibition, “Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience.” The exhibition combines National Geographic’s rich storytelling and archaeological expertise with innovative technology to bring this world heritage site to life.
In 2016, National Geographic had the exclusive opportunity to document the historic renovation of the tomb of Christ, located in the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. National Geographic Explorer Corey Jaskolski was part of the team on the ground that created a 3-D record of the site using LIDAR scans, high-resolution photos and video.
Now, this groundbreaking visualization data has been animated into an immersive projection experience designed by Orlando-based Falcon’s Creative Group, Artistic Entertainment Service and Electrosonic. Thanks to Jaskolski’s imagery, combined with a pair of 3-D glasses, museum visitors will leave Washington, D.C., and be transported to Jerusalem, where they can virtually walk inside the rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Tomb of Christ and view newly revealed cave walls that haven’t been seen in centuries.
The exhibition also includes an interactive feature that allows visitors to test the ground-penetrating radar and see the laser scanners used to record and preserve this important archaeological site. Through this cutting-edge experience, visitors can learn how these types of technology could be used to preserve the world’s treasured cultural sites and artifacts of human history before they succumb to time or disaster.