The LIZ (short for Landschaftsinformationszentrum „Wasser und Wald“ Möhnesee) houses a permanent exhibition covering various aspects of the nature park and the surrounding water, forest, and landscape – all spread across three floors. In 2019, the center decided to virtually open its doors as part of the Smart4You inclusion project, the aim being to make the exhibition accessible to anyone interested. In collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, the association and the district of Soest have implemented an innovative, accessible 360-degree panoramic tour of the information center.
This digital solution now opens up the exhibition to a much broader spectrum of visitors via the internet and is raising the profile of the institution significantly, which can be seen in the increasing number of people visiting the center’s website.
Through this 360-degree panoramic tour, the LIZ is leading by example in the Soest district when it comes to ensuring everyone can take part.
The LIZ is no stranger to accessibility. The team wants to open up its interactive exhibition to anyone interested. However, the layout of the historic venue, which is a listed mill over 100 years old, makes it impossible to implement many ideas that would help make the exhibition more accessible. This is because, firstly, there is limited space inside the building, and, secondly, the lack of facilities such as an elevator would impede certain guests from accessing the top two floors. All interested parties should have the opportunity to experience a virtual 360-degree panoramic tour to check out the museum at any time – without any unnecessary barriers or complications. The LIZ saw this as a compelling opportunity to pursue the prospect of offering a digital exhibition. However, implementing a 360-degree panoramic tour requires specialized partners who are experts in virtual reality scenarios. The LIZ decided to work with Deutsche Telekom to showcase the building, exhibition, and existing accompanying content in a coherent all-in-one concept on the internet.
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