Pakistan Museum of Natural History

     
     

VIRTUAL ORIENTATION GALLERY (VOG)

Introduction
 
The Virtual Orientation Gallery   (VOG)   is a creative achievement of PMNH in the field of information technology and consists of informative software on the Natural History of Pakistan. VOG runs on a network of computer systems located in the PMNH Display Centre using  touch screen systems for an interactive learning experience. It is an important project of Pakistan Museum of Natural History, based on informal education regarding the natural history of Pakistan. VOG aims at providing interactive electronic based information kiosk for students and general public on the natural resources i.e. flora, fauna, minerals and fossils. VOG complements the existing information and awareness related activities and features of PMNH including dioramas in various galleries, film shows, posters, brochures, workshops, seminars and lectures.

 

WHAT VOG OFFERS TO VISITORS?

There are four main components of VOG application. All the components are available in bilengual format (both English and Urdu), for the convenience of users:
  • About PMNH (Urdu/English): This section provides a summary of the various functions and activities of PMNH scientists/staff. The visitors can get complete information about PMNH by touching “About PMNH” icon on the screen. Information regarding the establishment of PMNH , it's location, Zoological Sciences Division, Botanical Sciences Division, Earth Sciences Division, Public Services Division, scientists/staff of various divisions, their research and other activities are provided to the user. 
  • Virtual Tour (Urdu/English): Visitors can take a virtual tour of the different galleries of PMNH for a virtual orientation of the museum. The visitors get an idea about location of the exhibits in various galleries of the Museum by touching “Virtual Tour” icon. These galleries include Paleo Gallery, Eco Gallery, Gemstone Gallery, Biodiversity Gallery and Tethy’s Gallery. This animated virtual tour also helps in locating the various sections of the museum.
  • World of Natural History (English): The visitors can access the information about the natural wealth of Pakistan including plants, animals, birds, minerals, gemstones, fossils and rocks by touching the icon “World of Natural History”. This information is in the form of text, photographs, movies and sounds. Data of approximately 3,000 natural history specimens is available. The database has been designed in such a manner that additional information can be added in the future as a continuous research project. This section has information of interest for the general visitor and technical information for children, students and scientists.
  • Kids Corner (Urdu/English): Children can explore the world of the natural history through different games. Special interactive games have been developed for this purpose, which provide a wealth of information on natural history to the children.