Aboard the Mayflower

A VR experience

Project Info

International Museum of the Reformation



In November 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower reached the coast of Massachusetts and established a colony there. Among them were Puritan Reformers who crossed the ocean to found a community in accordance with their aspirations. This episode is considered in the USA as a founding moment of the country.

This VR installation immerses users into the life of these pioneers just before they decide to land. Using a very light set-up, based on Oculus Quest, you begin your journey by discovering details of the Reformation Wall of Geneva before being transported inside the Mayflower in 1620 to witness the discussions between the pilgrims. Finally, you discover the bay of Cape Cod from the upper deck of the boat in the cold winter.

The exhibition was open from October 28th, 2020 until August 31st, 2021 at MIR – International Museum of the Reformation.


Original idea and scientific committee

MIR – Gabriel de Montmollin, Hanna Woodhead

Production, direction, screenplay, 3D content creation, gameplay, photogrammetry and motion capture

Vincent Coppey, José Lillo, Edmond Vuilloux

Sound design
ActMedia – Felicien Fleury, Alain Renaud

Voice over
Sabina Foeth

Tony Clark, Jonathan Cotton, Jan Peter Richter, William Sage, James Smillie, Thomas Stecher