While no sector was left untouched by the impact of a global pandemic in 2020, some sectors have seen steady (and encouraging) growing trends in traffic. One sector that has enjoyed this trend is cultural and historical museums. At the start of the pandemic, museums all over the world quickly realized they didn’t have to go completely dark if they were able to reach visitors where they were – virtually. Virtual experiences allowed visitors to see ancient works, battlefields and hear from heroes of the past in ways they never had before. Today, as classrooms have opened and travel is back in full swing, museum goers are enjoying these experiences live and in-person once again. Here, we will explore two ways audiovisual technology is helping museums create engaging environments for their visitors.  


Visual immersive experiences 

Even before the immersive Van Gogh tour was released, museums were using visual elements like projectors, light sensors and video walls to bring their exhibits to life. Today, many are using creative touch-less interactive experiences to allow visitors to see, explore and interact with exhibits in a whole new way. Not every museum can secure every artifact or original piece. But with the right visual technology, museums have the ability to bring new items to the public in an immersive experience.


With over 65% of the population identifying as a visual learner, museums are poised to help students and adults alike learn and retain more than other traditional styles of learning. Visual immersive experiences allow for the pages of the textbook to come to life.


Creative audio features

While visual technology helps to engage the eyes, audio features help to engage the mind in any museum setting. Well-placed speakers and balanced acoustical panels help to enhance any exhibit in the museum and ensure the quality of sound. From the tranquility of nature to the war cry on the battlefield, creative audio features help visitors “hear” the exhibit in a whole new way. 


Additionally, wireless mics and podium mics allow for guest speakers, experts and tour guides to effectively communicate. As museums continue to be multi-use spaces (wedding venues, banquet halls, etc), these audio technologies help to give museums a competitive edge in hosting. 



As museums continue to integrate audiovisual technologies there continues to be an incredible opportunity to reach even larger audiences than ever. A thing once holding the perception of being exclusively quiet, somber experiences are now engaging, interactive spaces for learning  and thus elevating the visitor experience


Working with dedicated vendors who are well-versed in the design and implementation of audiovisual technologies, museums stand poised to develop entirely new kinds of exhibits that make a lasting impact on visitors. Whether an exhibit utilizes touch screen interactivity, large-scale video walls, or awe-inspiring speeches, the future of museums is increasingly looking to what audiovisual technology has to offer.