Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

Natural and cultural history have equal weight at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. The exhibits focus on both the natural wildlife of the area, as well as the unique cultural background of one of the most significant historic sites in the nation, spanning eons of time.

BPI worked with Hilferty and Associates to develop and produce all the multimedia components in the venue.

A downward projected presentation reveals the geologic story of the Columbia River basin, while an interactive fossil dig allows visitors to discover remains and assemble them into skeletons. 

The Living Land exhibit experience captures the flora and fauna of the National Monument, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Weeks of on-site field production resulted in a collection of “moments” that play across eleven monitors showing bright spring wildflowers, running elk, swimming otters and muskrats, along with flocks of waterfowl and migratory birds that fly through the space as they move from one monitor to the next. These wildlife moments are accompanied by a soundscape that makes the space literally come alive. 

The Save the Reach gallery includes an interactive timeline showing how a local grassroots effort helped preserve the area for the American public.

The concluding exhibit is the Hanford Engineer Works and its role in national security during World War II and the subsequent Cold War, chronicled in the film “The Land Transformed.”



Client: Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, Richland, WA
Partners: Hilferty Museum Planning & Exhibition Design
Category: Natural Science, Culture & History
Services: AV Design, Immersive Theater, Film & Video, Interactive

What We Did:

  • Multiscreen immersive theater
  • Educational films
  • Interactive Timeline

Visually stunning education about an awesome area. The exhibits are designed to appeal to all ages. I had fun with the digital fossils puzzles.

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Exhibit wall with displays showing flowers
Living Land Immersive Exhibit.
Child brushes a fossil bone
Children use a virtual brush to clean a fossil
Interactive display exploring the flora and fauna of the region
Summer Interactive for the Living Land Exhibit
Circular interactive map table
Explore the Reach in this map-based interactive