AV specialist, Electrosonic, has improved the guest experience at The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri with an audio-visual technology upgrade.
The museum tells the story of The Great War and related global events from 1914 through the 1918 Armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference. It has been designated by Congress as America’s official museum and memorial dedicated to World War I.
The upgrade allowed Electrosonic to significantly reduce the number of system components, meaning fewer potential failure points and greater streamlining for the museum’s technical staff.
At the heart of the museum is the Horizon Theatre which features a life-sized diorama and a 100-foot wide panoramic screen. A video presentation explains the events leading to America’s entry into the war.
The No Man’s Land diorama (pictured top) shows a British patrol moving across a barren landscape littered with authentic objects from the conflict. Improvements here include Dataton’s WATCHOUT video server which handles video playback and edge blending. Electrosonic also replaced older projectors with newer models.
The Main Gallery houses numerous interactives, ranging from personal kiosks to 46-inch LCD touchscreens, enabling guests to discover the workings of a Lewis machine gun, the uses of camouflage and how to make their own poster. Many of these were upgraded with solid state technology which offers better reliability.
“The Museum was very pleased with the technological upgrades to our organisation facilitated by Electrosonic, ” said National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO, Dr. Matthew Naylor. “Electrosonic managed a tremendous amount of upgrades in a timely, efficient and professional manner.”