Experience 1860 Hamilton in your own living room

Published August 13, 2021 at 5:15 pm

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As part of Hamilton’s 175th birthday, you’ll be able to use your smartphone and Augmented Reality (AR) to experience the city’s legendary and iconic landmarks.

On Aug. 14, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., visit Hamilton Public Library’s (HPL) Locke Branch for a live demonstration and then take a self-guided tour in Hamilton’s Victoria Park.

If you prefer to do it alone, you can head over to ExperienceCommons.ca and explore a series of local landmarks and artifacts to play with and experiment with.

The HPL, along with Hamilton Civic Museums and Hamilton Parks & Recreation, created a series of AR experiences.

“Want to explore the Crystal Palace as it once stood in Victoria Park in 1860? Can do with AR,” reads an official announcement from HPL.

“Remember the Birks Clock that once hung at King and James streets and now keeps time in Hamilton Farmers’ Market? You can project its image and watch the hourly joust in your living room. How about a virtual, in-depth visit to the heritage home of early Black settlers Enerals and Priscilla Griffin? You can do that too with AR.”

“As you build your skills, you can create scans and share them with other AR fans to create and recreate a new reality. In addition to complete Crystal Palace, Birks Clock and Griffin House National Historic Site Experience,” the announcement adds.

Ready-to-play scans include:

  • Hamilton Street Art (Graffiti Wall)
  • The Green Lantern at High Level Bridge on York Boulevard
  • The Burlington Canal Light Station
  • The Cockpit Theatre Museum at Dundurn Castle
  • The Hermitage Gatehouse Museum Ruins
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