With help from Lotterywest, Royalties for Regions and the Southwest Development Commission, the Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association are upgrading the Interpretive Centre Museum.
The refreshed museum will bring history to life and offer a new and invigorated visitor experience, with interactive, immersive creative technologies.
At the heart of this redevelopment is the introduction of Virtual Reality (VR) which uses computer technology to create a simulated, three-dimensional world that users can manipulate and explore while feeling as if they are in that world. It immerses them in an environment by wearing a headset which allows you to physically look around inside a virtual space and experience it as if you were actually there.
The exciting world of Virtual Reality was launched in March 2016. The technology is proving to be very popular with The Australian Museum in Sydney recently extending its current exhibit of the David Attenborough Virtual Reality Experience due to continuously selling out of tickets.
The Busselton Jetty Museum will feature two 3-5 minute VR experiences for visitors to enjoy. The first will be a History of the Jetty, which will immerse the visitor into the Jetty as a working port from the late 1800s seeing ships exporting timber, American whaler boats and Cyclone Alby.
The other film will have the visitor diving under the jetty experiencing the beautiful marine life as if they were actually under water.
Also included in the museum redevelopment will be two interactive touch screen tables and four wall touch screens which will feature videos, images and stories from the 1800’s, 1900s and 2000s.
The refreshed museum will be open in March 2017.