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Louisiana Pavilion Dynamic World Map

Mapping the war like never before

Louisiana Pavilion Dynamic World Map

Mapping the war like never before

As part of its core effort to make the story of World War II accessible and engaging to younger generations, officials with The National WWII Museum decided to create a dramatic, new multimedia display to greet visitors. Its goal? To exhibit the global magnitude of the war by transporting guests back to February 23rd, 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a special radio broadcast to the nation. 

“I have asked you to take out and spread before you a map of the whole earth,” he said, “and to follow with me the references which I shall make to the world-encircling battle lines of this war.” 

Museum officials imagined turning President Roosevelt’s powerful radio message into a visually striking entrance piece. For help with the one-of-a-kind display, they brought in their longtime creative and technical partner, Solomon Group. 

The Dynamic World Map is a 50-foot by 20-foot LED display that visitors see as they enter the museum’s main building. Positioned just above the Train Car Experience, the screen displays a five-minute animation that maps and chronicles how World War II spread to touch nearly every nation on earth. 

At 4mm, the Dynamic World Map is the smallest pixel pitch LED display Solomon Group has ever built and installed. With less than one millimeter of space to work with between each pixel, our integration team had to precisely place each module. They met the challenge, setting over 1,000 individual modules to keep the display’s pixels perfectly aligned. Solomon Group also designed, fabricated and installed a custom support structure for the new LED display. 

While the world map animation runs throughout the day, the screen can be used to display virtually any type of multimedia content during special presentations, galas or other events. Solomon Group programmed the system to be flexible and user-friendly, allowing museum staff members to easily access and control the screen. To upload and display special graphics or videos, all they have to do is plug a flash drive into the display system’s server. 

Just as officials had hoped, the Dynamic World Map is an eye-catching display that immediately illustrates the big picture of World War II for visitors, while simultaneously setting the tone for the journey they’re about to experience through the museum’s many lifelike exhibit galleries. 

What We did

  • Custom LED Display
  • Systems Design + Integration
  • Systems Programming + Maintenance
  • Installation