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Fort Henry Discovery Centre


Fort Henry was built in the 1830s in response to the U.S. invasion of British North America during the War of 1812. Hillmann & Carr consulted on the interpretive master plan and produced all the media in the Centre. In the large Welcome Hall visitors encounter life-sized characters—bombardiers, infantrymen, officers, teachers, mothers—going about daily life when the call to arms is sounded. Visitors are immersed in a full- scale battle drill complete with cannon and rifle fire.


In the exhibit, five other life-sized characters—displayed on six-foot tall monitors—tell stories about the fort. In a Pepper’s ghost mini-theater, a ghostly apparition of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald greets visitors. In multi-screen computer interactives, visitors can become military recruits, an army physician’s assistant or a soldier-father. Elsewhere they can fire a mechanical cannon and sink a virtual ship. A multi-user computer interactive table gives groups access to 250 images and information in a timeline of the fort.

2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW • Washington DC  20007 • Phone:  202-342-0001

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