As one of the world’s foremost museums of natural history, the Natural History Museum Vienna looks after
30 million artefacts and specimens that form the basis of extensive scientific research. Its oldest collections date back
over 250 years.
For the reopening of the world’s largest and oldest collection of meteorites on 14 November 2012,
the vast collection of extraordinary exhibits is expanded by the skilful inclusion of media stations, interactive hands-on
stations and animations.
In partnership with the curators of the Natural History Museum Vienna and a team of architects
from Arno Grünberger/Spurwien, checkpointmedia has developed a contemporary form of knowledge transfer.
aspects of general meteorite research and the unique Vienna collection, in particular, are introduced to visitors in informative
video clips that contain a wealth of images. A hands-on station allows visitors to interactively control the extent of potential
devastation that a meteorite impact could cause to Vienna, while an animated presentation of the birth of the solar system
is guaranteed to amaze.
Particularly interesting exhibits can be studied in detail through a magnifying glass which
provides additional information on a screen. In an interactive quiz, visitors are invited to guess whether a particular meteorite
or stone pattern emanated from the skies or originated on Earth.
Client: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Artistic direction: Virgil Widrich
multimedia design: Stefan Fahrngruber
Video screenplays: Michael Endlicher (in collaboration with Museum of Natural History
Project management and content coordination: Agnes Hannes
Programming: Christian Drucker
Klaus Binder, Stefan Kachaunov, Thomas Magyar, David Meißl, Robert Richlik
Technical director: Stefan Unger
management: Stefan Reiter
Cooperation: Nicole Fleck, Samuel Hageneder, Martin Janscha, Isabella Kapf, Julia Michlmayr,
Elisabeth Pieringer, Stefan Süss
3D Animation: Reinhold Fragner, Industrial
Motion Art Filmproduktion GmbH
In collaboration and coordination with Architekturbüro SPURWIEN, Team Arno Grünberger.