Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition
November 15, 2022–March 1, 2023
Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
520 Royal Street, Tricentennial Wing, 3rd Floor
Free timed admission

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About the Exhibition

The Historic New Orleans Collection brings world heritage to life with a 360-degree augmented reality immersion into the 850-year history of Notre-Dame Cathedral and its ongoing restoration in the aftermath of the tragic fire of April 15, 2019. Notre-Dame de Paris is designed and produced by Histovery, a French technology firm, in collaboration with the Public Institution in Charge of the Conservation and Restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, and with the sponsorship of L’Oréal Groupe.

This visually stunning experience joins other interactive technology on display at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s state-of-the-art new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street. Visitors will navigate Notre-Dame de Paris through the ages by using a HistoPad™, an augmented reality touch-screen tablet developed by Histovery. The handheld device transports visitors back in time through its immersive, interactive reconstructions. Visitors will observe builders and craftspeople laying the first stones in the Middle Ages, witness the coronation of Emperor Napoleon I in 1804, see the iconic spire designed by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc being erected during the mid-19th-century restoration, look on as the Paris Fire Brigade battles the 2019 blaze, and watch current workers in action as they reconstruct this architectural masterpiece.

The exhibition’s emphasis on the restoration of the cathedral aligns with The Historic New Orleans Collection’s ongoing work to restore and maintain Vieux Carré buildings and steward them for future generations. As proud host of Notre-Dame de Paris, we pay tribute to our region’s French roots while embracing the promise of technological innovation to explore the many layers of history.

The Experience

The free HistoPad experience is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages, regardless of their comfort level with technology. Visitors can choose among 13 language options—and a self-guided virtual treasure hunt encourages exploration of the cathedral’s history and identification of items embedded within the augmented reality screens. The physical setting of the exhibition is also immersive and visually transports visitors inside the cathedral. Vinyl replicas of the cathedral's flooring, stained-glass transfers on the windows, audio of Notre-Dame’s organs and tolling bells, as well as a projection of one of the cathedral’s famed rose windows, which miraculously survived the fire, complete the multi-sensory experience.

Images from the Exhibition

The Gothic Choir
Within 20 years of the beginning of construction, the cathedral’s choir had been erected; © Histovery
Imperial coronation with Napoleon
In 1804, Emperor Napoleon I celebrated his imperial coronation in the cathedral; © Histovery
A Histopad in action
A Histopad in action; © Histovery

 

Partners

Sponsored by Histovery, Loreal Groupe and Etablissement public charge de la conservation et la restauration de la cathedrale notre-dame de paris

 

To learn more about Histovery and the international locations of the exhibition, please visit Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition.

 

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