Augmented Reality for Museums


Museums give us a glimpse of entire centuries worth of history and culture of a place. With the advancement of technologies, museum visiting experience can be made more entertaining and educative. Augmented Reality is one such visual technology that can make this possible.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality is a visual technology that enhances the user’s view of the real-world by overlapping digital content such as image, audio, video, 2D or 3D animations. Being an immersive technology, it helps to create seamless lifelike experiences for museum visitors and engage them in new ways.

Why Augmented Reality for Museums?


Augmented Reality helps to create engaging experiences for visitors. When the visitors scan the exhibits, museums can display exciting facts in an engaging manner that helps the visitors to easily learn and understand the history behind them.

Brings artifacts to life

One of the primary goals of Museums is to preserve and protect the valuable artifacts which are static and lifeless. Augmented Reality helps to change the lifeless characteristic of the artifacts by bringing them to life. The immersive technology helps to reveal the different and interesting perspective behinds these artifacts.

Fun and interactivity

Augmented Reality adds an element of fun when viewing the exhibits. This helps to attract visitors to the museums by providing them with interactive and rewarding experiences.

Easily available & accessible

Augmented Reality is easily available and accessible nowadays thanks to smartphones. Museums don’t have to spend on high-end head-mounted displays for providing rich engaging experiences for the visitors.

An extra reason for visitors to visit & revisit the museums

Museums can add a fresh and modern perspective to their outdated exhibitions using Augmented Reality. This becomes an extra reason for visitors to visit & revisit the museums.

How museums can use AR?

Audio Augmented Reality

Though audio tours are common, they do come with certain hassles like pausing, playing, rewinding which ruins the overall experience. Augmented Reality helps to transform the audio tours into an immersive and engaging one.

Using the sensors your phone has such as GPS, gyroscope, and accelerometer, it is possible to create audio augmented reality tour. GPS helps to the track the visitors’ movement; gyroscope gives the direction that the visitor is looking at and the accelerometer identifies the movement speed changes.

Location-based Augmented Reality

You can gamify the museum visiting experience by using location-based AR apps similar to Pokemon Go. For instance, the National Museum of Singapore has a giant mural of 69 drawings which consists of flora & fauna.

The visitors have to download an app and using the app search for various animals and plants within the drawing. Similar to Pokemon Go, the app suggests what’s nearby and adds the photo captured to the photo collection.

Marker-based AR

This type of AR allows the museum visitors to scan a particular image of an exhibit using an app. Upon scanning, it displays additional information related to the exhibit in the form of an audio, video, image or a 3D model.

If you are looking to have your own AR application, consider leveraging our services. SMACAR Solutions can help you in developing a unique and engaging Augmented Reality app for your business.


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