Mount Vernon is known for its mansion tours but needed a way to tell the broader story of the property and its residents without having to alter the physical appearance of their iconic landscape.
Mount Vernon in AR was an hour-long AR tour that covered stories about Mount Vernon and the people who lived there. We were able to fill in long-standing narrative gaps, such as telling the stories of enslaved people, by projecting greenscreens of costumed historical interpreters back onto the landscape, allowing guests to see and hear from this historically voiceless group. Using highly detailed 3D models, we were also able to tell the story of the evolution of the mansion while standing directly in front of it, a feat that can only truly come to life by means of this technology.
“The augmented reality tour enables us to do things we cannot do every day: show
primary sources next to places and objects, do large-scale reenactments of key events, and take guests
back through time to show them what Mount Vernon looked like throughout Washington’s entire