7 Great Examples of Augmented Reality in Museums

One of the main challenges museums around the world are facing is maintaining – let alone increasing – attendance numbers and engagement. Some incredibly powerful solutions are already out there – cutting-edge technologies, such as Augmented Reality, have started revolutionising the way museums engage, inform and educate their audiences.

Here's how some of the most forward-looking educational institutions have implemented BroadcastAR, our large-screen Augmented Reality to take visitor experience and engagement to the next level.

1. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

The custom dinosaur-themed AR experience we created for the National Museum of Natural History is a great example of Augmented Reality bringing extinct creatures to life in an entirely new way, allowing people to learn about them, recreating situations and environments that train, educate, inform and entertain by experiencing them first-hand.

2. Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL

The large-screen mammoth themed Augmented Reality experience we custom-built for the Florida Museum of Natural History, brings the museum’s Columbian mammoth skeleton to life, and places visitors beside life-sized animated mammoths. The AR experience provides a unique platform for people to learn about natural history in a highly engaging, shared group experience, allowing them to interact with both the 3D creatures and each other.

3. Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm

INDE's fully interactive AR system was launched at the Tekniska Museet [Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology] in Stockholm. BroadcastAR 2.0 allows viewers to gesture-control the movement of the 3D characters on screen, taking user experience and engagement to the next level. Additionally, the system captures the greatest moments of the AR interactions, so they can easily be shared with others.

4. Putnam Museum, Davenport, IA

Air, Land & Sea, INDE’s large-screen Augmented Reality experience was a perfect fit for the Putnam, a museum and science centre where people connect with history, nature and ideas by doing and experiencing. Created in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, the AR experience allows visitors to get up-close and personal with a diverse range of animals from Africa to the Arctic as they graze, drink, and interact with the environment around them.

5. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO

The Augmented Reality screen installed at the lobby of DMNS immerses visitors in a breathtaking 3D environment, and places them up against photo-realistic characters ranging from a life-sized T-Rex, a NASA astronaut and a giraffe to a rhino and other amazing natural world content. Traveller, INDE’s multi-award winning BroadcastAR experience is suitable for audiences of all ages, and keeps everyone captivated from the second they see it.

6. Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL

The large-screen AR installation at MOSI features some of INDE's most popular AR content packages, Back to the Jurassic and Air, Land & Sea. The dinosaur-themed experience allows visitors to stand side by side with a giant T-Rex and a pack of raptors, see a caulkicephalus fly above their head, and observe other fascinating creatures right from the Jurassic. Centred around a dynamic, ever-changing watering hole, the other AR experience allows people to meet some iconic, living wild animals from around the world. 

7. W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, Belfast, UK

LiveAvatar, INDE's fully interactive AR system, launched at W5, allows visitors to meet and interact with SEAN the alien – the 3D alien character on screen is being controlled by an actor via motion and speech in real time. This enables the audience to not only see themselves with an alien beside them, but also have a conversation with SEAN, dance with him or pose for pictures to keep and share this one-of-a-kind encounter.

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