The USS Midway Museum

Powering a City at Sea: Steam Exhibition

Interactive Exhibits

Impact Communications was commissioned to create a permanent exhibit that demonstrates the importance of steam as the sole source of power for the USS Midway aircraft carrier and its crew of 4,500 during its active duty in World War II.

This interactive multimedia program is part of an immersive exhibit, which includes video-based scenarios, historic imagery and animated steam-flow data, all displayed on a large-screen monitor. To navigate, visitors interact with authentic ship hardware including brass valves and gauges.

Components of the content were developed to satisfy middle school math and science standards established by the California State Board of Education. The interactive multimedia program provides visitors the unique opportunity to become sailors in charge of steam distribution, interacting with the program and making lesson-based decisions about allocating the flow of steam to different parts of the ship.

The USS Midway Museum is one of the leading tourist destinations on the San Diego waterfront, attracting a broad range of visitors from around the world. The museum’s vision is to become America’s living symbol of freedom.

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