The Canadian Museum for Human Rights Mobile App was developed by the Museum and Acoustiguide to enhance any visitor’s self-paced journey – either physical or virtual – through the Museum. Unique in the museum world, this free bilingual app enables visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to customize inspiring encounters with human rights.
The app puts accessibility in the palm of the visitor’s hand via their own iOS or Android device, or a device loaned at no charge by the Museum. It fosters curiosity, independent exploration and continuous participation. It encourages visitors to navigate and discover a cultural institution in a more interactive way than ever before.
About the App
- An audio guide describes each gallery and provides highlights of exhibits and architecture. Text-based transcripts can also be viewed. Image galleries and video are available to create a rich interactive experience.
- A “Near Me” mode connects your device through low-frequency “iBeacons” to more than 120 Universal Access Points (UAPs) located throughout the Museum. Although it is custom-designed to assist visitors who have disabilities, this feature provides the opportunity for all visitors to experience key exhibit highlights. You can also type in the UAP number to access the exhibit information from anywhere. This is the first use of iBeacon technology in a Canadian cultural institution, and the largest such use in the world.
- Full accessibility is an important feature of the app. At each Universal Access Point (UAP), Braille markers and tactile “cane-stop” floor strips help visitors who are blind or have low vision to access exhibit highlights. For visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing, the app can be viewed in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes Québécoise (LSQ) and includes additional sign-language content for several exhibits.
- An interactive panorama feature from the Israel Asper Tower of Hope and the Indigenous Perspectives terrace includes “hot spots” of information about nearby Winnipeg landmarks. This function is available through the camera on your mobile device to relay real-time augmented reality as well as a panoramic view.
- An interactive “mood meter” lets you share how you feel as you move through the Museum’s spaces. A first for any museum in the world, this colourful feature provides an easy way for you to provide us with useful feedback about your experience – and see how others felt.
- An interactive map of the Museum’s public spaces can tell you where you are, show you floorplans or guide you to your destination.
- Online ticketing and membership purchase lets you skip the ticket line.
- Information to plan your visit includes an event calendar, descriptions of the Boutique, ERA Bistro, how to make a donation, and more.
Client: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Exhibition Director / Project Director: Corey Timpson
Project Lead: Scott Gillam
Project Management: Louise Gratton
Art Direction: Scott Gillam
Graphic Design: Acoustiguide Interactive
Producer: Acoustiguide Interactive