“This new feature is on the cutting edge of delivery methods for interpretation in this area,” said Matt Davis, director of Historic Museums at Georgia College. “There’s no need to download an app. We’ve removed as many barriers as possible. Technology without barriers is where we want to be.”

By simply scanning a QR code with a smartphone, guests can pull up information about various aspects of the property. For visitors who don’t own a smartphone, iPads are provided.

Pop-up information makes guests feel as if they’re at O’Connor’s old farmstead experiencing the Andalusia of long ago through 3D imagery, panoramic views, videos and sound effects.

As visitors walk where the Nail House once stood, they get a three-dimensional glimpse of the original structure and hear sounds of animals once housed in the pens and runs beside it. When visitors return home, their Andalusia experience continues with just a click of their phone.

Tours guided by docents continue inside O’Connor’s home, providing visitors with the traditional interpretive experience at Andalusia, while giving Georgia College students experiential learning opportunities.

“This value-added upgrade, funded by donors, is a remarkable way for guests to interact with Andalusia,” Davis said. “We hope everyone comes to experience Andalusia in 3D.”

The university partnered with BES Studios and ARtGlass to create the tour.

Georgia College & State University acquired the Andalusia homestead in 2017. Already on the list of National Historic Places since 1980, the property was named a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2019 and a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 2022.

For those who can’t visit, there are also virtual and 3D tours online.

This article was originally published by PRNewswire. Read the original article here.