Museum reprising interactive exhibits

Key interactive exhibits from one of the Otago Museum's most popular free-entry shows, "Your Face Here", will reappear at the museum science centre next month.

The recent exhibition had attracted more than 140,000 people - one of the highest attendances at any Otago Museum show, museum chief executive Shimrath Paul said.

The attendance was "a truly remarkable achievement", Mr Paul said in a recently released draft annual report.

The show had been developed by the museum's staff and presented "the story of faces" from several perspectives, such as culture, nature and science, he said.

Visitors could photograph themselves at a computer camera booth and then manipulate their appearance in many ways, including exploring the visual effects of normal ageing, as well as of excessive weight gain and cumulative sun damage to the skin.

Museum marketing co-ordinator Juliet Pierce said the exhibition, which ran from December 18 last year to July 3, had been "very successful".

It had appealed to families and a wide range of age groups but had been particularly attractive to University of Otago students and young women.

Visitors themselves had become the focus of one of the museum's most interactive shows.

Before they left the exhibition, visitors could send to their email addresses the digitally altered images they had created of themselves.

Favourable "word of mouth" publicity had boosted attendance and many visitors had probably enjoyed the show more "because it drew them in and they got so involved", she said.

Interactive parts of the show, including screens showing facial changes in ageing, would be included in the museum's paid-entry Discovery World science centre from December 20, she said.



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