Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Portuguese Minister of Science and Education Nuno Crato, and other dignitaries were on location in Monte de Santa Luzia, a region where quartz was once mined, on the outskirts of Viseu (a city in north central Portugal) this past Monday, April 30th, 2012, to inaugurate the first museum dedicated exclusively to Quartz.
The exploratory space was 100% conceptualized, managed and developed by YDreams, who planned and designed interactive technologies for the educational environment in accordance with script content developed by Professor Galopim de Carvalho, a renowned Portuguese Geologist.
The exhibit consists of six distinct stages: Quartz in Monte de Santa Luzia, the Earth as a Source of Quartz, the Kingdom of Quartz, the ‘Properties of Minerals’ Lab, a Showcase of Quartz samples, and Practical Applications for Quartz. The permanent museum project required a marriage of complex educational content and immersive interactive technologies that have resulted in a compelling and smoothly operational experience for visitors of all ages.
Below, some images of the museum on inauguration day: