“Hammering Out History”

MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY,
SEATTLE, WA

Objective:

Emphasize the physical cost of constructing a railroad to put visitors in the shoes of those who lived that historical moment.

Services:

Concept design and development, scriptwriting, multimedia and software design and production.

Description:

Visitors roll up their sleeves and “do history” by using a hammer to hit real railroad spikes along a section of track in the museum. As they hit the spikes, visitors make progress in an animated statehood narrative displayed on an associated multimedia screen above the tracks. The more segments of the railroad that visitors complete, the closer they come to helping Washington become a state. Kids wear themselves out trying to finish the activity, learning more about railroads by experiencing the physical toll of building them than they would through just a touch-screen kiosk.