Question: Why build a $15 million dollar museum filled with interactive displays featuring material that can be better presented on the internet?To commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime event of Arizona’s hundredth birthday, the Governor and Arizona Historical Society envisioned a museum that would capture the state’s history, celebrate its people, and embrace its future. Working with world-renowned museum designers, Gallagher and Associates, the AHS began to seek ideas from across Arizona to create plans for a true journey of discovery. The museum would feature of immersive, multimedia, and interactive exhibits to introduce visitors to meet some of the people who nurtured the state through its early years and others who are innovating its tomorrows. Showcases would include the natural resources that shaped its history and are transforming its present day, highlighting encounter the ingenuity that tamed the wild frontier and is envisioning Arizona’s next frontiers. Visitors would hear from Arizonans in their own words-- the voice of all of the diverse cultural and ethnic groups that call this state home. The Virtual Arizona Experience was initially intended to serve as the web site for the museum, but it quickly developed an identity of its own, adding content and applications that are better suited to being handled online, and creating a rich, dynamic supplement to the museum experience.
Analogy: If a new movie appeared on the internet before it was released in theaters, who would go to the theater to see it? If the internet version had added "content and applications", could the theater even give tickets away?