This One is Special…
War in the Pacific NHP is poised to unveil brand new permanent exhibits to the public. Much can be said about what we have to offer, and we hope you’ll visit us beginning Saturday, July 21, Guam’s Liberation Day. But first, we wanted to share a note from Adam, the technology consultant on the project:
The renovation of the visitor center theater and exhibit space meets or exceeds the latest accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project includes equipment, content and media designed to improve the experience of foreign visitors and locals alike.
Specifically, the visitor center theater movie has been shortened and is now provided not just in English, but has also been translated into Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. The new system includes surround sound and also provides Assisted Listening and Subtitles for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, also translated in 3 languages. Future plans include the addition of Chamorro and Russian.
The visitor center exhibit space has been completely renovated with new exhibits that include some of the latest presentation and accessibility technology available. Many of the panels and graphics have been translated into Japanese. In addition, seventy-five percent of the new exhibits include multi-media, projection technology, interactive touch panels and tactile maps. The crown jewel is a Laser Map Table that incorporates a topographic map, three flat panel monitors, surround sound, and 2 state of the art multi-color lasers. The lasers present the story of the Battle of Guam on the topographic map in stunning detail, while the 3 monitors present period pictures and video of the actual battle.
All of the media in the exhibits and the theater have been Audio Described. Audio Description provides an additional narration track for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media which describes the experience of the sighted visitor through audio. The track for each piece of media is transmitted to portable receivers provided by the park that are triggered to play when in proximity to the media. Special Audio Description modes have also been built into the interactive kiosks wherever possible, providing the most accessible visitor experience possible. Future plans call for the inclusion of an Audio Description Tour which would tie all of the media elements together by providing further description of the static exhibit panels, as well as directional and general information.
With the completion of this extensive visitor center renovation, War in the Pacific National Park has moved to the forefront of technology and accessibility within the National Park Service, even surpassing most other government and private organizations providing comparable services.