To create its Virtual Reality Lab, Historium Bruges decided to collaborate with the company OculusTM for the hardware and Sevenedge, a digital media company, for the software development. Sevenedge brings 15th century Bruges to life within Historium – virtually.
For the development of the Virtual Reality environment, they worked closely with Historium’s historical committee to rebuild the historical city of Bruges as accurately as possible. The result is impressive!
Over the past year, everything has been extensively tested by many visitors. The aim has been both to gauge their response, and to ensure that the finished product could be introduced to Historium.
Even though Historium was the first in Belgium to introduce such an experience, VR is trending today. Historium aims to offer a true and realistic experience. To do so, special 4D effects have been added so that you can fully experience 15th century Bruges. The experience goes one step beyond what you can see at home on your smartphone using VR glasses.
The VR Experience is an additional experience that can be enjoyed during a visit to Historium. This experience is available with a separate ticket which can be purchased from the ticket counter at an additional cost of € 3.50. The visitor gets an additional experience of 10 minutes in a 360° virtual world.
Another spin-off product is the City VR. You can buy a City VR kit in Historium. This kit contains an information booklet and a Google Cardboard, enabling you to make a city walk on your own. Equipped with a pair of cardboard glasses – suitable for every possible smartphone – you get to view six locations through “historical spectacles”. Buildings we know in today's context, and even some that are long gone, come back to life in a medieval setting. So places that once played an important role in the city’s past can be viewed as they are now and as they were then.