Exhibit A: How Museums With AV Technology Create A Better Learning Experience

low voltage contractorTo keep up with the quickly advancing technology, museums around the world are integrating different audio-video designs into their more traditional exhibits. The goal is for guests to get the most they can out of their visit, leading more museums to contact low voltage contractors to create truly immersive experiences.

Developing Virtual Reality

Museums have always collected historic and cultural artifacts from other countries to represent their past, but they can now transport people to historical sites across the world through virtual reality. This gives visitors an incredibly immersive experience that they otherwise would have had to pay thousands for in plane tickets and travel expenses. For example, the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. has a virtual reality exhibit that takes visitors to Jerusalem to see the Tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Edge blended projection and VR glasses allow users to feel like they are walking through the church and see its beautiful artwork and architecture.

Making Everything Interactive

Educational researchers have done studies that suggest that about 83% of human learning happens visually, 11% through hearing, 3.5% through smell, 1% through taste, and 1.5% by touch. Museum visitors want to participate in learning rather than just observing, and, as the study shows, the best way to do this is by engaging all of the senses. Designs for more completely immersive exhibits that surround visitors with outstanding video and quality sound can make them feel as if they are at the event in the video, whether it’s a concert, protest, or drive through a foreign city. Low voltage contractors can assist in creating interactive displays that allow visitors to touch the screens and do an activity or a task, creating sensory memories for them. Guests essentially become part of the exhibit and the experience, rather than just walking past the display and observing it.

Embracing Mobile Devices

Although it may seem instinctual to discourage the use of cell phones in a museum to preserve the immersive experience, many museums are incorporating them into their audio video designs. Guests can download a museum’s app and access information about the exhibits and artifacts that they can read while they visit each collection. Typically this type of information would only be available through guided tours or the use of bulky headphones, but giving guests access to it through smartphones allow them to have a museum experience catered to their preferences. This information and museum experience is also available to people through their phones even when they are not physically in the museums. In this way, the museum experience is becoming more accessible to people who may not be able to travel or afford a museum’s entrance fee.

Technology is constantly changing how we interact with the world, and in cultural spaces like museums, it is no different. Low voltage contractors can install modern audio video technologies that take the museum experience from traditional to extraordinary.