The world’s very first voice-activated museum, Planet Word, operates as a science center for words - inspiring visitors to think about language in new and different ways.
Inside of this nearly 200-year-old historic building in Washington, DC, Solomon Group carefully integrated custom-fabricated exhibitry and top-notch A/V technology to infuse life back into language – all while preserving the historic character of the space.
The interactive exhibit features ten technology-driven galleries, including a beautiful library with handcrafted cabinetry and flawlessly integrated interactive experiences, a curved media spiral and a voice-activated “Word Wall.” Coming in at 22-feet-tall and 40-feet-wide, the Word Wall is one of Solomon Group’s most impressive feats at Planet Word. With 2,005 letters fabricated out of foam and plywood, the wall appears sentient — projecting animations in response to visitors’ speech and getting smarter each time.
To successfully create this unique museum space, our team joined the exhibit team during its design phase, contributing critical and innovative thinking and expertise. Our Fabrication and A/V Integration teams worked together to prototype complex components; workshop and identify solutions with the client, designers and media producers; and seamlessly install a polished exhibit.
The most unexpected challenge was the timing of the museum’s production and opening — during a pandemic. Our team of reliable, hard-working creatives worked tirelessly to ensure a well-executed project and opened a completely digital museum in a touchless world.
Since it's opening, Planet Word has received many awards from peers in the museum industry, including the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Global Design Award, awarded in conjunction with exhibit designer Local Projects.