When the Idaho Historical Society renovated its state history museum in downtown Boise it wanted to honor the first people, the pioneers, the parachuting beavers, the last salmons, and all the others who have lived life between the mountain tops and canyon depths of this geologically diverse state. It asked RLMG to help it share these stories in ways that would tie them to place and also resonate with visitors today.
Large-scale projections bring the beauty of North, Central, and South Idaho to life, while nearby interactives let visitors discover the historical significance of these regions first hand — for example by pedaling through Pocatello, adjusting the water flow at Shoshone Falls, or exploring a 26-foot-long digital stream. In addition, entertaining videos and animations throughout the galleries share the stories of those who have shaped, and been shaped by these unique landscapes, including a couple of honored animals…Lonesome Larry, a solitary sockeye on the Snake, and Geronimo, the first beaver to be relocated by parachute drop.
In the gallery dedicated to the history of northern Idaho, we set the walls ablaze in a wrap around, projected re-enactment of the Great Fire of 1910.
Visitors play in an interactive media stream linked to a large, dimensional wall featuring projection-mapped imagery of the State’s most iconic scenery.
At a large-scale interactive map, visitors touch animated icons to explore places of historic interest around the state.
Children watch the Lonesome Larry animation.