Over a century ago the first electric trains appeared on the Dutch railway network. Reason for the Railroad Museum to celebrate an electric centennial with a temporary themed exposition for the whole family. DST was approached to develop and realise a children’s exhibit that had to entertain, educate and excite.
Children’s exhibit and Voltman
Together with children and museum staff, DST developed a storyline that allowed young visitors to explore the exhibition and realised the children’s exhibit at the heart of it. The story revolved around Voltman, the character running the trains’ power plant. When the powerplant goes offline, the trains are in danger of running out of ‘steam’. Voltman then needed the children to help him find a special code in the exhibition to get the power plant online again.
Using short movies, puzzles, text and hands-on exhibits the children learned how electric train work, and what it takes to make them run on time. And of course there was a small present after successfully helping out Voltman. The museum attracted 100,000 visitors in the time the special exhibition ran. Especially in bank holidays Voltman played a major role as a family host to the exhibition.