GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

“Maritime Matters” Interactives

Silver Oaks joined forces with exhibit designer Hands On! to create a series of computer-based programs for GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, in Mobile, Alabama. Located in the “Maritime Matters” gallery, the three 19” touchscreen interactive programs test visitors’ sea smarts.

“Fact or Folklore” quizzes visitors about famous maritime sayings to see if they are “fact” or “folklore” in the Gulf Coast area. Hosted by a talking animated seagull, a sailor and a fisherwoman, the program follows up each question with a simple scientific explanation and supporting animation.

“Sea Sense” is a scenario-based game that invites visitors to take a sailing voyage and see what adventures they will encounter along the way. Three eras are featured – Age of Exploration, Age of Industrialization and Age of Globalization. From there, visitors must select their route and type of vessel, and then they “set sail.” Once at sea, they are faced with a series of decision points that determine their outcome and destination. Along the way, the Captain’s Log, tracks their course and sailing conditions. The adventures are brought to life with animations and period-appropriate music and sound effects.

“Chart a Course” challenges visitors with the task of using a nautical chart to navigate a ship from the Gulf of Mexico to a marina on the Intracoastal Waterway, while avoiding dangers such as shallows, rocks, and sunken ships. Along the way, visitors learn how to read the chart and understand what the symbols represent.