On Saturday, Aug. 19, IMAG History & Science Center guests will be among the first in 150 years to visit the original fort of Fort Myers, established circa 1856. The new virtual reality (VR) exhibit, Virtual Fort Myers: The Past Meets the Present, brings the fort alive in a fully immersive 3D experience.
IMAG Historian Jim Powers and Executive Director Matt Johnson used historical texts to design the layout of the fort as it first appeared in 1856. IMAG partnered with a talented team of designers and historians to recreate the fort in an interactive-3D VR environment. D3 Creative is a design studio in downtown Fort Myers,
Guests will experience where soldiers and early settlers of Southwest Florida slept, ate and kept watch over the fort. Using their own hands, they will interact with the environment, just like those who originally resided there!
The new IMAG App is also debuting on the 19th. The app is easily downloaded to smartphones. It delivers unique VR and augmented reality (AR) experiences with the assistance of Google Cardboard. The app currently provides two VR experiences: a diving expedition to the USS Mohawk Reef off the coast of Sanibel Island, and a climb to the top of IMAG’s iconic water tower to take in panoramic views of surrounding scenery. The AR experiences include viewing life-like images of the mammals represented by IMAG’s prehistoric fossil exhibits.
Johnson explained that IMAG is beginning to incorporate VR and AR because it is such a powerful tool. It has transformed the way people absorb information through immediate engagement and immersive interactions while being suitable for all learning styles.
Johnson said, “Our mission is to engage visitors in science and history, and we believe this exhibit is a perfect blend of both disciplines. It provides an interactive educational experience that is both informative and fun.”
IMAG History and Science Center
A family-friendly destination offering fun interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3D theatre. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). And now, the history of Southwest Florida. Hands-on experiences and educational programs further the understanding of the natural and human-made world. This fosters an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. For more information, visit www.theIMAG.org or visit in person – 2000 Cranford Avenue | Fort Myers, Fla. 33916