The Airborne and Special Operations Museum has created a new way to experience all it has to offer. Through the employment of local photographer Tommy Parker,, LLC, ASOM has commissioned a new three-dimensional virtual tour.
“People from anywhere, from their living room, can go on(line) and see what we have to offer. We thought it would enhance the experience,” explained Scott Pelletier, museum curator, ASOM.
Using a commercially available Matterport camera, which scans using infrared technology while capturing photographic imagery, and an associated iPad app, Parker scanned approximately 10,000 square feet of ASOMs interior and some exterior features.
“The camera pretty much does all the work,” said Parker.
Parker spent roughly eight hours over two days scanning the museum, and data took an additional eight to 10 hours to be stitched together to create a three-dimensional online model.
According to Pelletier, anyone can view the virtual tour, anywhere in the world, and the hope is that being able to see what the museum offers before visiting will encourage and inspire folks visiting Fayetteville to pencil the ASOM into their itinerary.
“We want it to generate interest in the museum,” said Pelletier.
Virtual museum visitors can tour the museum gallery by entering the following address into their browser:, or they can walk through the lobby, temporary exhibit space, the theaters, the simulator and the gift shop by visiting .