Centuries of Chinese history brought to life in high-quality 3D.

Established in Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Palace Museum is one of China’s most comprehensive national museums. The building houses more than one million artifacts and covers a total area of 960,000 m². In 2003, an ambitious virtual reality projection system was set up in the museum based on Barco’s state-of-the-art technology in visualization to further immerse visitors in China’s long and colorful history. In 2013, the installation – a curved screen onto which images of the Imperial Palace in the old days are projected – celebrated its tenth anniversary. Its high technological standard and premium imaging effect are well maintained to deliver a  lifelike scene of the magnificent, dignified imperial place, impressing onlookers from all over the globe.

Barco solutions
  • 3 Channel Galaxy NW-12 projectors
Key benefits
  • Premium image quality
  • Durability
  • Low noise

Once the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Forbidden City has a long and colorful history spanning almost 600 years. It has been a museum since 1925 to exhibit an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts from the aforementioned dynasties. After entering the 21st century, the museum has been committed to bringing to life the glorious history of China through a perfect mix of tradition and modern imaging technology, in an effort to bring an immersive, time-travelling experience to visitors.

Mr. Xu Hu, Director of the Research Institute of Digital Application of Cultural Assets of the Palace Museum, stated: “With the start of the 21st century, we were wondering how we could use modern technology to help our visitors relive the history that is contained between these walls. That’s why we started looking for a solution that can mirror the splendid history of The Imperial Palace and essence of China’s traditional culture in a true-to-life manner.”

The perfect blend

After some research, the museum’s staff soon found Barco and the cutting-edge technology they’d expected. So it was the ideal partner to realize such an ambitious project. Mr. Xu Hu said: “After explaining what we wanted, Barco quickly provided us with a proposal, which they subsequently designed and executed in a mere two months’ time.” The installation comprises three Galaxy NW-12 stereo projectors, which create perfectly blended 3D images on a 105-degree curved screen of 11 by 4.2 meters. At the time, it was the first set of 3-chip projectors ever to be used in China and in Asia even.

Exceptionally durable

“The reasons why we chose Barco for this project were multiple,” Mr. Xu continued. “Firstly, their advanced blending technology was just perfect for the premium image quality we envisioned. Secondly, the low noise of the projectors is perfect for the harmonious and awe-inducing atmosphere of the imperial building. Last but not least, Barco ensured us that the system was exceptionally durable. They proved to be more than right: ten years after its installation and with only a few updates, the solution works as smooth as ever. All this makes the system and the interactive way in which it depicts the culture of the Imperial Palace a must-see for foreign leaders, ambassadors and experts on their museum visit.”

“Barco’s advanced blending technology was just perfect for the premium image quality we envisioned.” Mr. Xu Hu, Director of the Research Institute of Digital Application of Cultural Assets of the Palace Museum.

“After explaining what we wanted, Barco quickly provided us with a proposal, which they subsequently designed and executed in a mere two months’ time.” Mr. Xu Hu, Director of the Research Institute of Digital Application of Cultural Assets of the Palace Museum.