Magic Lantern Transforms San Mateo History Museum

Every Tuesday evening, the façade of the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City is transformed with three-dimensional light and color. Called the Magic Lantern, this video projection mapping is a permanent ‘display’ created by Bart Kresa Design, hailed globally as one of the most innovative pioneers for large-scale projection.

The $175,000 equipment that ‘paints’ the History Museum is the same used to on India’s Umaid Bhawan Palace and Universal Studios Japan as well as during Katie Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.

Bart Kresa Design is billed as the ‘premiere projection mapping studio that specializes in developing one of a kind’ displays all over the world. Their artistic technology has been implemented by the likes of Universal Studios, Disney, HBO, the Grammy Awards, key sporting events, concerts and other top corporations and celebrations. Take a peek at their amazing portfolio to see how they transform structures with their amazing projection technology.

Presented by the newly formed Redwood City Improvement Association and sponsored by the City’s Park and Arts Foundation, the History Museum’s illuminating display began in April with the aim to attract people to Redwood City’s Courtyard Square on typically quiet Tuesday nights. The free, 15-minute shows are definitely something to behold, with the historic building serving as a blank canvas for vibrant, unique designs.

During normal business hours, the History Museum offers family-friendly, engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that detail the county’s storied past. The Museum, considered one of the top museums in California, is located at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City inside the Old County Courthouse, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Magic Lantern is ‘illuminated’ every Tuesday night at 8:30pm and 9:30pm through November 24th. Definitely a must see before the lights go dark. Get a glimpse by watching this video to get awestruck!