The Dutch National Military Museum in Soesterberg presents a comprehensive view of the history of army, navy and air force. Pharos partner Rapenburg Plaza was tasked with creating an exciting, theatrical lighting experience within the museum and over 100000 visitors have entered its doors since its opening in December.
Themed areas take visitors through several interactive zones, display cabinets and authentic tank, plane and helicopter exhibits, and multimedia is used to explain the rich and varied history of the military. Dynamic lighting reinforces the atmosphere in each room and supports projected images to enhance the story.
The lighting control system is based on a network of 28 distributed Pharos controllers divided over seven exhibition rooms controlling 8000 DMX lighting channels. The functionality and flexibility of the Pharos controllers bring the exhibits to life through multiple colour change effects on RGBW light sources.
An important part of the brief for Rapenburg Plaza was the control of the 1519 DMX display profiles with zoom lenses, designed for the museum to a rigid specification. Pharos’ LPCs enable the collections to be precisely lit, with the lighting percentages adjusted so that objects are not exposed to more than the maximum permitted light level.
Pharos’ show control system uses its networking capabilities to incorporate both Medialon software and various KissBox interfaces. This allows the museum personnel complete control over the lighting and AV equipment both on site and remotely, to form a fitting tribute to the essential role of the armed forces through past, present and future.