The Shroud Exhibit and Museum is a historical museum focused on the history and facts surrounding the Shroud of Turin. The museum features a full scale replica of the shroud as well as detailed scans and 3D imagery.
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You should update the address on your site. The museum moved to 923 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM, 88310 and has been there since February 2015 and had their grand reopening at the end of March. The museum space is a little more than half what they had before, but this is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization with no income stream who has heating and cooling bills now. It's amazing what they have done with the little space they have (about 1000 sq ft). Yet they do not charge admission and offer things like the VP8 Image Analyzer you cannot see on open and interactive display anywhere in the world. Coming into the museum, one sees a full-size, professionally back-lit photo of the Shroud to the left which is the front of the museum with pews in front for visitors to sit to look at the image and for talks. Above the Shroud they offer an introductory video that gives much basic information on the Shroud of what is known in about 10 minutes. They also have a Shroud film produced in France in over 20 languages that gives an interesting presentation on the Shroud. As I wrote earlier, this is the only museum in the world where one can walk in from the street and interact with the VP8 Image Analyzer. This is an analog computer & one of its functions is to make a brightness map. So if you come into the museum, you can stand in front of it and see what a brightness map of you looks like. Then you step to the side a little and you see the brightness map of the face of the man on the Shroud, you will see a 3D image. This machine does not do 3D, but make brightness maps where lighter colors appear raised and darker lowered, so that on a chess board, the white squares look like they are higher in elevation to the dark squares which appear lower in elevation. In the back they has a really cool 16' long book on display (front and back, so 32') which gives the history from Genesis to about the year 100AD. They have a gift shop to help keep the museum open for free and they sell these books as well as other items: books about the Shroud, beautiful rosaries, a variety of Shroud pictures and other things. I would highly recommend a visit if you like science, medical studies, history, religion, dirt (there was dirt found on the nose, knees and feet of the Shroud that is travertine argonite from Jerusalem), etc.
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