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Inside the Holographer's Laboratory

Rated 4.71 out of 5 from 24 reviews.New York, United States

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Experience hosted by Jason

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join me at Holographic Studios for a very special guided tour of the method behind the hologram magic in the place that Mashable listed as "The Number One Obscure Museum in America."

Starting with a walk through the collection, you'll have the opportunity to engage with eerily lifelike holographic sculptures, motion image and cylindrical holograms, computer-generated holographic images, and multi-channel holograms that change when you pass by. Your visit will culminate with a trip down to my subterranean laser laboratory for a demonstration on holography and a very special chance to actually observe laser physics in action.
Join me at Holographic Studios for a very special guided tour of the method behind the hologram magic in the place that Mashable listed as "The Number One Obscure Museum in America."

Starting with a walk through the collection, you'll have the opportunity to engage with eerily lifelike holographic sculptures, motion image and cylindrical holograms, computer-generated holographic images, and multi-channel holograms that change when you…

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Meet your host, Jason

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Hi. I’m Jason, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I'm the founder of the oldest holography gallery and business in the world, Holographic Studios. My career started in 1968 at the first public display of 3D holograms. I've taught holography at the School of Visual Arts and as an Assistant Professor of graduate students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. I've made portrait holograms of many celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, and Isaac Asimov. My work has been commissioned by museums, corporations, artists, ad agencies, and comic books. I've been profiled by the New York Times, PBS, NPR, CNN, and many others, referring to me as "Doctor Laser".
Hi. I’m Jason, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I'm the founder of the oldest holography gallery and business in the world, Holographic Studios. My career started in 1968 at the first public display of 3D holograms. I've taught holography at the School of Visual Arts and as an Assistant Professor of graduate students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. I've made portrait holograms of many celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, and Isaac Asimov. My work has been commis…
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Where you'll be

Holographic Studios is the world's oldest holography gallery. On this private guided tour, you will learn the secrets of true 3D holography. You'll go behind the scenes at the gallery and see the subterranean laser laboratory, where holograms are made. You’ll have an opportunity to see special jaw-dropping holograms not on public view.

Rated 4.71 out of 5 from 24 reviews.

Sharon
March 2020
The Museum of Holograms was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s not a topic I was well versed in; I just think holograms are cool. But I learned so much from Jason, and I loved the anecdotes about all the personalities he’s met over his 40 year career in this industry. This is a safe bet.
The Museum of Holograms was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s not a topic I was well versed in; I just think holograms are cool. But I learned so much from Jason, and I l…
Jason
February 2020
A unique experience all around - we were presented with a holistic view of holography as an art form and a science. We left with a new understanding and appreciation of holography. We appreciate Jason Sapan's sharing his experiences with our group - we very much enjoyed his presentation.
A unique experience all around - we were presented with a holistic view of holography as an art form and a science. We left with a new understanding and appreciation of holography.…
Paul
January 2020
Well worth the time and money; Jason is obviously an original. He has accomplished a lot in life and and can tell great stories about it all.
George
January 2020
WOW! What a cascading waterfall of knowledge, fun, and insight. Jason’s creative brilliance, innovative engineering skills, and visionary problem solving skills are infectious and inspiring. Not only will this master provide a thorough understanding of how holography works, you will go out into the world looking at life through a whole new technicolor lens with the full awareness that although nothing looks the same, nothing has changed except you. This tour will leave you with a transformed holographic self imprint.
WOW! What a cascading waterfall of knowledge, fun, and insight. Jason’s creative brilliance, innovative engineering skills, and visionary problem solving skills are infectious and…
Agnes
January 2020
Jason's studio is a great experience of getting to learn about holographic techniques. He gives a fun presentation and is great at explaining how it works. Very impressive stuff. I'm glad we went to see it.
Michelle
December 2019
I was expecting a scientific tour of a holographic laboratory. Instead I got a time capsule visit to a dusty historic workspace. We saw some very dated examples of holograms made decades ago and the owner shared personal anecdotes. I was hoping to gain some scientific insight into the production techniques of holograms. I would have liked to have heard more about the modern applications of holograms made possible by current mass production techniques, and especially about the potential for future innovation in the field. The other visitors in our group indicated they shared my scientific curiosity but that skimmed over in the owner’s presentation. There were twice as many visitors (approx 20) on the tour as the lab’s maximum capacity permitted (9-10) and all the information shared (including the history of the building) could have been covered in half the time allotted. This tour should have been 40 minutes maximum, rather than 90 . To prove this point, the owner asked half of us to remain in the front room for 20 minutes watching a irrelevant foreign music videos featuring lasers while the other half of the group squeezed into the subterranean lab. If Jason feels that he must continue to book 20 people on a tour appropriate for 10, he should not insult his guests by inviting them to watch these inane videos. Instead he could immediately improve the experience by taking the time to create an informative intelligible video covering the topics described above. A DIY recording of Jason talking( made on a cell phone) would be a huge improvement!. This is New York City. You need to respect people’s time!
I was expecting a scientific tour of a holographic laboratory. Instead I got a time capsule visit to a dusty historic workspace. We saw some very dated examples of holograms made d…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

More tips

There is a narrow staircase down to the laser lab. Smoke may be used to highlight the laser beams. The laser lab is a low light environment.