Museums and history displays tell important stories about influential people who helped shape history. They are faced with the challenge of getting people interested and keeping them engaged when they are onsite. Museums, cultural centers, and art galleries are using digital signage to provide a more modern, engaging, and entertaining viewing experience.
Touchscreen Digital Displays
Touchscreens are a great way to get people more engaged with exhibits. Museums use touchscreen digital signage to create more controllable experiences. Visitors use touchscreens to view timelines, and browse through videos, images, and text. They can trigger animations, or even haptic feedback by using a tablet or kiosk.
The Arreya team helped create custom digital signage content for an aquarium with a water feature, designed to spray water at visitors as an animated shark crashes into the screen. Watch the full YouTube video here.
Timelines are great tools for putting historical events into perspective. Digital timelines are excellent tools for museums and history displays, because they add an interactive element to history. Visitors navigate through years of history on touchscreens, or with a keyboard and mouse. Anyone with permission can access timelines, giving museums more reach outside of their four walls. Content can be made public for everyone to view, or access can be limited according to each organization’s discretion. Some museums prefer to make content private because they want to prevent intellectual theft.
Digital wayfinding is an excellent tool museums use to help visitors find their way around. Visitors can clearly see where they are currently located, and they can browse through various exhibits on screen to find one that interests them.
Digital wayfinding can include 3-D maps, directories, and even touchscreen interactions for each area of the building or campus.
Many museums add high resolution videos and images, along with a short summary, to each exhibit. Visitors tap on an image they’re interested in learning more about, and all the information they need is available.
Digital Signage is cost effective installation for museum exhibits. Using software like Arreya, easily change the digital content for revolving exhibits and new interactions during different months, days or even different times of day, depending on the audience.
Immersive Digital Experiences
Digital signage software is capable of more than just display and sound. Museums, aquariums, and national parks are using digital signage to create unique experiences.
Digital signage software interacts with motion detecting technology, like (company who sent us the test device.) Digital signage content changes as soon as motion sensors are triggered, creating an immersive experience. Museums use props with motion detecting tags on them and allow visitors to pick them up. When visitors pick up a prop, the corresponding digital signage content displays on screen, explaining the significance of the item the visitor is holding.
An old typewriter that Arreya digital signage programmed to work with a digital display, became the keyboard for the exhibit.
Increase Engagement and Entertainment
Overall, museums and cultural centers strive to entertain and teach new visitors. Digital signage is an excellent tool for them, because it allows them to customize their messaging and tell their stories with pictures, videos, and digital timelines. Visitors engage with exhibits through touchscreens, keyboards, and even typewriters. Digital signage software creates excitement, and modernizes exhibits.