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.
In “Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,” visitors can learn about the restoration conducted by a team from the National Technical University of Athens – one of the foremost institutes of research in Greece. National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence Fredrik Hiebert and National Geographic staff writer Kristin Romey joined the team to experience the preservation of the tomb. The renovation revealed that bedrock from the part of the original cave still exists within the walls of this renowned shrine.
The historic renovation project will be featured in National Geographic magazine’s cover story in the December 2017 issue. Additionally, it will be part of an upcoming episode of Explorer, airing in the United States on December 3 on National Geographic, and in 171 countries and 45 languages throughout December.
The exhibition will be on view until Jan. 2 2018, and will be accompanied by a series of public programs, educational resources and special events. The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C., is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, from 2–4 p.m.
Fredrik Hiebert, Archaeologist-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and curator of the exhibition, will give remarks and offer a tour of the exhibition. To RSVP, please contact Lexie de los Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archaeologist-in-Residence Fredrik Hiebert, engineer Corey Jaskolski, Emmy-nominated filmmaker J.J. Kelley, National Geographic staff writer Kristin Romey and members of the restoration team from National Technical University of Athens will discuss the historic unveiling of what many consider to be the tomb of Christ on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain open until 7:15 p.m. on this date. Tickets are $25. More information is located here.
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