- Yarmouth and Acadia Shores Museums
- Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
- Digital video equipment
- Touchpanel displays with built-in PC
- Directional audio array speaker systems
ABOUT YARMOUTH AND ACADIAN SHORES MUSEUMS
Tourism activities within Yarmouth & Acadian Shores are managed by the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Tourism Association (YASTA), a non-profit organization comprised of staff and Board members.
The mandate of YASTA is to lead tourism development by delivering on the theme of “an experience shaped by the sea”. YASTA develops and promotes authentic experiences and products that tell the uniquely Canadian stories of Yarmouth & the Acadian Shores.
Advanced was contacted by a Halifax-based museum design company regarding an AV opportunity to assist a consortium of museums in and around the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia area. The museums forming the consortium wished to upgrade existing exhibits with audiovisual equipment to promite a better customer experience. Three locations were chosen for the AV installation project: The Yarmouth County Museum and Archive, the Cape Forchu Lighthouse and Musée des Acadiennes des Pubnicos. Each location had multiple photographs, artifacts and exhibits relating to the history of the venue and museum designers were looking for unique ways to enhance these exhibits and bring them to life.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
Partnering with Advanced on the project, the Halifax design company envisioned the upgraded sets for each location. They wanted the new designs to allow for audiovisual interactivity and promote a unique and visually-impressive experience for the visitors of each museum.
At the Cape Forchu Lighthouse, a landmark in Nova Scotia, an interactive touchscreen display was installed to give visitors different views from all possible perspectives around the lighthouse itself. The display needed to be built to give the impression of being just another simple picture on the wall. The touchscreen provided was frameless, enabling the installation experts at Advanced to install it into a set piece enclosure ensuring it resembled the other pictures also on display.
In the Yarmouth County Museum (a converted church), the photographs once hidden inside boxes in the basement were transferred to digital video files and loaded onto 2 digital video players. Two projectors were mounted on existing beams within the historic structure, which enabled staff to display a continuous slide show of photographs of the area, as well as provide general information to visitors. The projectors could also be scheduled to turn on and off at specific times, to provide the most convenient and effective video messaging system possible.
At the Musée des Acadiennes des Pubnicos, Advanced installed an area with a sensor-based audio system in place. The motion-controlled sensor sends a signal to the system when visitors enter the exhibit area and the audio starts to play. The sensor will also deliver a signal to the system when no motion has been detected for 15 minutes that will shut it down providing a truly automated and energy-saving solution.
A directional speaker array was installed in the ceiling of the exhibit to focus the audio directly on the viewer to deliver a more personalized, immersive experience. The installations across all 3 venues was finalized within 1 week with each museum installation completed within the scheduled two-day timeframe.