Website, Virtual Exhibition, Medical, History

The Montreal General Hospital 200th Anniversary Exhibition is a virtual retrospective of the first English medical institution in Montreal, spanning over the last two centuries. This project was initiated by the McGill University Health Center and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.

Goal

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Montreal General Hospital, the MUHC and the MGH Foundation joined forces and gathered a large collection of artifacts into an exhibition that expands across four Eras of History, honouring the hospital’s history.

Due to COVID-19, the exhibition had to be re-thought as an online experience. Our goal was to make sure that the user’s visit was as smooth and captivating as possible while they explored this great content.

Challenge

The main challenge that we faced was to organize and sort through more than 200 artifacts throughout 4 chapters and 47 sub-chapters, using a multi-level system of tags. Each artifact also had a caption and the visuals needed to align in order to give a well-rounded experience.

We created a chapter map that guides the user through each chapter, allowing them to explore each and every one.

Historians have been working on this project for the past 5 years, finding and studying the many artifacts that have shaped history. When the pandemic struck, the client was worried that this hard work would go unnoticed. It became crucial to make sure that all of it would be presented in a beautiful and seamless way, digitally.

The client is very happy with the result and loves that this online exhibition will exist for years to come, as opposed to being displayed temporarily on the walls of the hospital.