The Samuel Slater Experience comprises more than twenty unique, immersive exhibits that make the history of the American Industrial Revolution and its people come alive. Here is a preview of a few of them. (Note that some are still under construction.)
Meet young Samuel Slater in Belper England
Guests meet a young and conflicted Samuel Slater and his English boss Jedediah Strutt in an inventive immersive multimedia presentation. Is Slater a traitor for taking the Brits most valued manufacturing secrets?
Samuel Slater’s Shipboard Immersive Theater Experience
Samuel Slater steals aboard a nearly full size cargo vessel replete with sails, rigging and stern fittings. You are there with him. The adventure begins with a life-size hologram of Slater telling you his secret of stealing the Arkwright loom plans. Things go downhill fast when a storm blows up. You are pummeled with wind, sea spray and worst of all . . . a seasick Slater. This is a signature theater with 4D immersive elements that put you in the scene. It is the WOW.
Slater arrives in NYC - “Was that a rat I just saw?”
Yes, there are wharf rats that poke their heads out and run across the pier. Young Slater arrives in the US and it was not a pretty sight. As he surveys the dingy scene, he wonders if the trip was worth it. This detailed recreation of a NY wharf has sights, smells (you may want to hold your nose) and animated furry creatures that will for sure elicit a shriek of delight.
Waterwheel and Slater’s Mill
Guests explore Slater’s mill in detail. A full scale working waterwheel powers pulleys and machinery. Looms spin and an immersive video of mill workers, including children, are seen in life size tableaus as they labor under challenging conditions. Full size artifacts allow guests to see the inner workings of mill machinery.
“Why this Place?”
Webster was a town of immigrants. Guests can hear fascinating stories from a variety of local townspeople about early Webster. Sam Slater’s children and relatives recount the continuing saga of the growing Slater textile empire. This large multiscreen video presentation is surrounded by artifacts of the era and stunning graphics and photos.
The town of Webster comes to life with this 250 foot multi story replica of downtown Webster. Historic buildings including the Maanexit Hotel, The Liberty Theater, and The Webster Times are faithfully reproduced. Guests can feel the excitement of this quintessential turn of the century town.
The Trolley Car 4D Experience
When guests climb aboard the trolley they get to ride down Webster’s Main Street on a virtual tour of the town on the way out to Webster Lake. Guests looking out one side see the town roll by using immersive video projections. On the other side of the trolley guests see stories come to life in the windows of the Webster streetscape. The trolley rumbles and rocks completing this 4D theatrical ride. This is the second big WOW of the museum.
This engrossing ten minute video production looks at how Webster has changed after the mills ceased operations or left town. Nearly 30 interviews of local townspeople, historians, and selectman tell the contemporary Webster story in their own words. The town has been through some ups and downs but today the future is bright, and it all started with Samuel Slater.
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