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Director’s Brief

This post was originally published as an assignment for INFO 287 Seminar in Information Science: The Hyperlinked Library at the School of Information at San José State University.

Use case study of Augmented Reality Applications for the Musical Instrument Museum


To introduce new interactive exhibit enhancements at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona. This report provides MIM leadership with an overview of how Augmented Reality (AR) can enhance museum exhibits and visitor experiences. Augmented Reality is an emerging technology used in museums worldwide. The technology provides a unique opportunity to create enhanced visitor experiences allowing museum guests to connect and participate with objects on display.

Executive Summary:

The use of Augmented Reality as a participatory service is growing in popularity. The MIM is still using the same acoustic technology they broke ground in 2010. By adding Augmented Reality to new and existing exhibits, the museum can attract returning and new visitors alike.

MIM should include it as part of its enhanced multimedia visitor experiences. It provides museum guests with the opportunity to participate in new technologies, learn more details about musical instruments, virtually interact with objects without disturbing them, and explore the global communities from where the instruments originate.

This document aims to inform the museum director of the current and future applications for Augmented Reality in the MIM.

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