Murder in the Museum

Investigate a mysterious crime!  That is if you find yourself in Brussels, Belgium between December 14, 2006 and September 2, 2007! 

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is featuring an exhibit that showcases the various disciplines in Forensic Science and allows visitors to play the part of the investigator. is proud to have been able to help the museum in this exhibit by providing a custom interactive Virtual Comparison Microscope exercise to be an integral part of the "investigation".  A screenshot of this custom VCM exercise can be seen by clicking the thumbnail image below.

Museum VCM

As visitors move through the exhibit they are presented with a crime scene, physical evidence and clues to help determine, "who killed the museum director?".  At the Laboratory, museum patrons will attempt to correctly match cartridge case samples on the Virtual Comparison Microscope.   If successful, a secret code is discovered that allows the visitors to continue on in the investigation.

The museum's press release for the exhibit reads as:

Murder in the Museum - from 14 December 2006 till 2 September 2007

Investigate a mysterious crime!

Monday 9.15 am. Our director has been discovered murdered in his office. What happened and why?

Mission: Play the part of the investigator. Subject the crime scene to a thorough analysis. Enter a professional laboratory and follow the traces (objects, prints, blood stains, corpse…).

Unmask the murderer and bring him to justice.

Get acquainted with a fascinating and multifaceted universe: criminalistics. It applies various (natural) sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy, ballistics, to assist the Judiciary in its quest to find out whether the suspect is guilty or not.

Murder in the Museum is an informative, exciting and interactive exhibition that captures everybody’s imagination!

More information:

Be sure to visit the museum's website at the address above to learn more about this exciting exhibit.  We at are honored to have been able to play an important role in demonstrating to all of the would-be sleuths in Belgium and Europe the outstanding forensic discipline of Firearm and Toolmark Identification!

I want to again thank Erik Dahlberg of Denmark for creating this awesome version of the Virtual Comparison Microscope for the museum.  Erik has faithfully been an integral part of over the last several years and has contributed his time and talents without hesitation.

Scott Doyle


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