Auckland War Memorial Museum

Application of Digital Media Technology in Museum Showcases

Auckland War Memorial Museum

New Zealand


Project Briefing and Building Overview: The museum is the Auckland Province's war memorial and houses one of New Zealand's three largest heritage libraries. The museum has a large collection of Maori and Pacific Island artifacts, including the Maori warships built at Hotunui and Te Toki a Tapiri. The Auckland War Memorial Museum has a collection of 1.2 million images, as well as 1.5 million natural history specimens from the fields of botany, entomology, geology, terrestrial vertebrates and marine biology. The museum's stated aim is to eventually have specimens of all New Zealand species. The museum wants to be recognized as a leading digital museum and will achieve this by making technology an integral part of the museum experience to provide important context and share knowledge. and to complement and enhance our onsite museum experiences with personalization, interactivity and rich content.


When digital media technology is integrated into museum displays, it brings many ways to innovate and enhance the experience. The use of this technology is not only to display cultural relics and artworks, but also to organically combine history and modern technology to provide a richer and deeper interactive experience for the audience. Here are some common digital media technologies used in museum displays:


1. Touch screen and interactive display

Information interaction: Touch screens can be used to provide more information and multimedia content, including pictures, videos, text and sound.

Interactive: Visitors can interact with the exhibits through the touch screen, learn more about the relevant information, and gain an in-depth understanding of the history, culture and background of the exhibits.


2. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

Immersive experience: Using VR technology, visitors can immerse themselves in historical scenes or cultural environments, as if they were in the time-space background represented by the exhibits.

AR Assistance: Augmented reality can help display additional information, such as the original appearance of ancient objects or historical reenactments, alongside exhibits via a mobile app or dedicated device.



3. Video display and multimedia projection

Vivid display: The use of screens or projection devices to display video materials, vivid display of the history of the exhibits, production process or use scenes, to increase the audience's sense of participation and understanding.

Storytelling: Create exciting video clips or multimedia presentations to help the audience more vividly understand the cultural values and historical stories carried by the exhibits.


4. Interactive apps and gamified experiences

Educational interaction: Design apps or games that allow the audience to learn and understand the culture and history behind the exhibits in a participatory way.

Increase engagement: Use interactive experiences to engage more audiences, especially the younger generation, and make them more willing to dive into the museum's collections.



5. Data visualization and digital interpretation

Data display: Using digital technology to display the collected data in a visual way, so that the audience can better understand the information and context represented by the exhibits.

Self-service interpretation: Provide digital interpretation function, so that visitors can choose their own language, depth and display form, free to explore the exhibits.


6. Cloud connectivity and remote access

Remote visit: Using cloud technology, visitors can visit museum exhibitions remotely through the network and interact with the exhibits.

Online Resources: Online resources and materials are provided so that visitors can continue to learn and explore relevant information outside the museum.



The application of these digital media technologies can enhance the attraction of museum display cases, enrich the visiting experience, and enable visitors to better understand and appreciate the cultural relics and works of art on display. The digital media technology combined with DG Museum display case customization not only provides a richer way of presenting information, but also brings a more personalized and interactive experience to the audience. This innovative design concept not only enhances the appeal of the museum display case, but also provides a deeper and more interesting visiting experience for the audience, so that they can more fully understand and appreciate the precious cultural relics and works of art on display.


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