Statue of Liberty Museum

Audio Visual & Digital Signage Technology Immerses Museum Visitors in a Tale of the American Dream

Over the course of three years, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation worked diligently together to bring the public a highly accessible museum experience that would immerse visitors in the emotional story of the Statue of Liberty, exploring how she has evolved from a national monument to a global icon, as well as the concept of liberty itself. As the new home of her original torch, the audio visual and digital signage technology immerses museum visitors at the forefront of each space to give the story the platform it deserves.

Among the galleries are an Immersive Theater, Star Mural Donor Wall, Engagement Gallery and Becoming Liberty, all built on a technology platform that is flexible and simple to operate while providing extensive redundancies for minimal downtime. Additionally, the technology platform is based on digital, solid-state components wherever possible and all displays use laser-phosphor or LED light engines, eliminating the need ever to replace a lamp.

In the Theater, a film telling the Statue’s origins is projected on a wide, curved surface, creating an enveloping and immersive environment. The image is created by overlapping and blending projections from eight laser-phosphor projectors, fed by three multi-output servers and an additional server for backup. The audio is equally immersive, playing through multiple speakers to wrap the sound around the audience. The Donor Wall includes five, 22” touchscreen displays that show information about museum donors. Upon leaving the Theater, patrons enter the Engagement Gallery—a self-exploration gallery presenting continuous video and audio loops on the design, construction and unveiling of the Statue of Liberty through projection, transparent and interactive displays as well as unobtrusive background audio designed by Diversified to enhance the experience and not draw attention to itself or distract from the information on displays. Finally, the Becoming Liberty gallery features a large LED video wall built around 20 interactive displays, each connected to a local mini PC. In this exhibit, patrons can create their own content by taking a photo from one of the built-in PTZ camera kiosks located to the left of each display. Once the patron has completed their content, they will be able to send it to the 40’ by 11’ video wall for all to see. The audio visual and digital signage technology immerses museum visitors in the tale of the American dream.

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