Augmented Reality and Museums

Augmented Reality

Creating, finding and implementing new ways to engage visitors to museums world-wide is a constant work of art and history so to speak. 

The addition of augmented reality (AR) into exhibits in technologically advanced museums is that of a new craze. It takes the real world as we all know it and superimposes a virtual world right on top of what is actually in front of the viewer. It offers an unmatched knowledge filled experience. AR is the next level of communication via mobile technology that raises the bar and who knows, some day to become an industry standard.

Offering a whole new dimension of possibilities, museums such as The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Museums, London’s Natural History Museum and National Museum of Singapore are just a few innovative, tech friendly museums to jump on the AR train.

Just recently in September 2018, The Smithsonian Museums implemented the use of augmented reality into some of its exhibits. As one of the technological museum leaders, the collection of Smithsonians in Washington DC are cutting edge with use of and implementation of technology, interaction and knowledge. It’s no surprise they have adopted the use of AR and are pretty proud to roll it out. 


The specific technology that was implemented is the newest form of augmented reality called the HoloLens. This is a headset gadget visitors wear in order to view a 3D image of a commentator. This commentator will take the viewer on a tour of the Space Shuttle Enterprise and through space history in the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum. This interactive exhibit also offers viewers to come up close and personal with other space history figures making their experience just that much more real. 

The future is now mobile. From the use of a smartphone application to a headset, AR is adapting with changing times. Offering exhibits that come to life, the ability to bring damaged or broken artifacts back into collections or the capability to animate a collection of skeletons; the options are quite literally endless as to what augmented reality can offer. 

It’s critical to speak the language of newer generations. It’s demandingly important to not become outdated. History is paramount, exciting, and most of all, it’s what the world was founded on so it’s essential to keep relevancy and rely on new forms of technology as part of an ongoing and updated toolset engaging visitors. It’s necessary to keep this information in front of our newer generations in a way they can understand and relate to. 

Continuing to make the experience just as memorable as the art, history and artifacts that are featured, museums across the globe are seeing the benefit of augmented reality. Just you wait until each and every museum incorporates this mega wave.

Get your virtual shoes on and your digital magnifying glass mind ready and head to a museum near you.


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