The newly opened Waterlinie Museum located at Fort Vechten tells the impressive story of the 300-year-old Hollandse Waterlinie [The Dutch Waterline, also known as Water Defences]. This interactive exploration of the operation and history of the Old and New Hollandse Waterlinie. It’s an interactive media experience using games, films and animation, projections on felt figures and even a Virtual Reality parachute jump over the Netherlands. With an interactive band around your wrist, you walk through the museum and trigger all sorts of events. The main story is told by five prominent persons in history.
In a specially designed moving chair with your legs dangling in the air, you place the Oculus Virtual Reality headset on your head. Once you wear the headset you’ll still see the Waterline Museum, but instead in a virtual environment. Furthermore, you’ll be moving. Slowly you will float out of the building and go higher and higher into the sky until you gain a complete view of the waterline. Gravity is then turned on and you will suddenly fall down while the story of the waterline is told and visualised on the landscape below you. Fortunately, halfway down the parachute opens. A truly unique virtual reality experience!
Beautiful life-sized felt figures are brought to life with our projections. The felt figures depict the faces of famous and less famous historical figures. The story they tell can vary per visitor as visitors activate the figures themselves using the RIFD wristband they receive upon arrival. The wristband is set to the visitor’s language and the area in which he/she lives; in front of, in or behind the waterline. After all, the place where you live is very crucial; if a disaster occurred, would you be protected from the water or not? Thanks to this set-up, the various stories become personal.
Never in the history of the waterline was it actually put to use as a defensive measure against the dangers of water. However, with our gamer table you can simulate such an event as if it really happened! You’ll be provided troops, forts and water to defend the land. You’ll experience how to keep the enemy at bay by opening valves and filling the Waterline with the right amount of water. But beware! If you fill it with too much water, the enemy will sale across with its ships and you’ll lose.
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