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The MSU Museum moves backward - and forward - in time in a new exhibition that invites visitors to explore how we perceive our world in its three physical dimensions. "Adventures in Time and the 3rd Dimension: Through the Stereoscope" transports itself into the MSU Museum Main Gallery Feb. 10 - Aug. 2.
Visitors can wander through the MSU Museum's rich collection of stereo-viewing technology and see how the world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was transformed into 3D images for fun and education. They can visit a stereo-photographer's studio from the late 1800s. Then relax with a Victorian family as they enjoy exploring the world through stereo-photographs before jumping through time to visit a movie theatre of the 1960s and watch a 3D film wearing the classic red-blue glasses.
Installing Adventures in 3DToday, the world of three-dimensional viewing continues to expand. Exhibit-goers will see the latest in 3D television screens and learn how that technology works. 3D movies have come a long way from the old technologies of the 1960s. Learn about the technological advances as you watch excerpts from some of the latest 3D films.
"'Adventures in Time' will appeal to the history buff, with a rich array of stereo-viewing artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, and it will also inspire the technophile who is fascinated by 'how things work,'" observes Gary Morgan, MSU Museum director. "It's really an exhibit for anyone who is intrigued by how and why we see the world as we do. This is an exhibit that blends history, technology, the physiology of the human eye, and the workings of the human brain," he adds.
A special centerpiece of the exhibition is the Val Roy Berryman Stereo Photography Collection -- a set of some 18,000 catalogued stereographs covering wars, Worlds Fairs, advances in industry, transportation and aviation, and rare images of famous historic personalities -- begun in 1955 while it was still the private collection of the Berryman. He donated the collection to the MSU Museum in 2007.