1907: THE JAMESTOWN EXPOSITION & THE LAUNCHING
OF THE STEEL NAVY
About the project
The 1907 Jamestown Exposition was a world event with major historical, maritime, military, and technological significance. The 3,000 square foot exhibition at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum recreates settings from the Expo, including hand-painted facades, full-scale photomurals, Nickelodeons, and stereoscopes through which visitors can view original movies, stereoscope images, and film footage of the original voyage of the Great White Fleet. It interprets the early 20th century revolution in maritime engineering as well as naval life during that period.
Visitors are invited to try a variety of historic technologies: they send messages via signal light and wireless, use working models to pull a ship into dry dock or raise and lower a submarine, and map the Navy’s course around the globe. They can run a recruiting office, step into a sailor’s uniform, and learn how steam power revolutionized the Navy. Visitors leave the exhibits with an understanding of how the social and scientific advances of the time evolved the United States into a world naval power.
Hampton Roads Naval Museum & U.S. Navy
- All phases of exhibition design
- Production supervision