For the new-look museum, we commissioned an artist to create a meticulously detailed model of the city of Delft. Beside this model city are sightseeing binoculars that highlight a variety of chapters of Delft’s history. For these exhibits, we created seven short animated films that are shown via iPods built into the sightseeing binoculars. The result of this is a spellbinding illusion that takes viewers on a journey into the past.
Another interesting way in which we brought history to life is with six talking portraits. These allow visitors to meet and chat with the Royal Supplier of Delft Blue, a jealous potter, the young and heavily pregnant Anne Van Saksen and a nervous cook. For these portraits, we wrote the scripts, cast the actors and produced the films ourselves.
More interactive exhibits
In addition, we also developed a huge animation projected onto three large panels (3m tall, 1m wide). This gives an enthralling account of the Dutch Revolt. We also developed a special Kinect game and five interactive exhibits on large touchscreens and/or iPads. All of this greatly boosted the unique interactive nature of the Prinsenhof.
The assassination of William of Orange
Naturally, the Prinsenhof's main attraction will always be the place where William of Orange was shot dead. To enhance the experience, we created a unique silhouette projection that shows visitors what happened on that fateful day. You’d swear you were there in person!
On 16 and 17 May 2014, in collaboration with Mansveld, we installed all of these exhibits (around 25 in total), leaving us one week for fine-tuning. The revamped Prinsenhof Museum was officially opened by King Willem-Alexander on 23 May 2014. The enthusiasm shown after the opening was enormous. The diverse range of interactive elements were received with overwhelming positivity, and the museum is now fully up to date!