Optoma’s ProScene projectors have been selected for the Armenian Museum in Moscow, with the goal of creating an interactive exhibition to showcase the history of the Armenian people.

The main concept of the exhibition was the confrontation of most dangerous phenomenon in human nature – self-destruction.

Several multimedia exhibits were created within the museum in order to convey to visitors that Armenia and the Armenians are an ancient state and people, carriers of the values of global culture, who largely determined the development of modern mankind.

Since the museum will be open throughout the week, all the equipment had to be reliable and capable of operating 24/7.

As with any project of this magnitude, support was required for the equipment and the installation.

The short distance from the projectors to the exhibits meant that the widest possible angle lens was needed to cover each display.

Also, the projectors needed to be carefully set-up and aligned for any edge blends between the projectors.

To realise this goal, high brightness projectors with short throw lenses were needed to project large, bright images within the confines of the exhibition floor-space.

Throughout the museum, a total of 23 Optoma ProScene projectors were installed – 21 EH503 projectors with short lenses and two EH501 projectors.

As visitors could stand close to the projection, it was important that the projectors were a high resolution. 

It was also imperative to have short throw lenses so there would be no shadows from visitors.

As the imagery from the eight projectors was to be edge blended, its powerful image blending tools and reliability were factors, as was the fact that it was available in black which would be unobtrusive in the dark ceiling.

The exhibition is divided into several zones:

• Panoramic 3D cinema – short film about the history of Armenia including its most important and emblematic manifestations: from the origin of life on Earth to the creation of the nation state (three Optoma ProScene EH503).

• Virtual globe – showing the Armenian migration around the world. With the aid of a touch panel, visitors can control content on the globe to take a closer look anywhere in the world, and view the relevant history of a specific location (two Optoma ProScene EH503 projectors).

• The life of the Armenians – a dedicated room in which you can choose and view scenes from everyday life of the Armenian people from different eras and classes (three Optoma ProScene EH503).

• Portraits – an area in which the viewer is surrounded and watched by portraits of Armenians, killed during the Genocide and those who managed to escape and tell their story to the world (four ProScene EH503).

• Interactive book “The first Genocide of the 20th century”, which includes documents and photographs from the time (Optoma ProScene EH503).

• Library of Armenian music – collection of musical works by Armenian authors and performers (Optoma ProScene EH503).

• 20 metre wide panoramic screen – “Danteakan” a showcase of newsreel footage of the late 19th century, the first quarter of the 20th century (six projectors Optoma ProScene EH503).

The exhibition covers a total area of approximately 2,000sqm within the museum.

Eight rooms are interconnected by the overall concept of the exhibition, which is based on the idea of struggle against self-destruction.

The grand opening of the Armenian Museum in Moscow and the culture of nations took place on April 22, 2015.

The opening of the museum was dedicated to the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which is remembered worldwide on April 24th.

This is the most ambitious Armenian museum project that has been implemented beyond the territory of Armenia; with the help of modern computer technology and interactive exhibits to ensure maximum effect and increase the level and quality of the overall visitor experience.

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