Museum Virtual Reality (VR) is an immersive experience, requiring a headset.
2. Museum Augmented Reality (AR) adds an effect to an experience not requiring a headset.
3. While Virtual Reality (VR) is more immersive although it requires more hardware (headset), Augmented Reality (AR) provides more freedom for the user (using a tablet, smart phone or computer station). AR is revolutionizing the interaction between the user (museum visitor) and content.
AR is revolutionizing the interaction between the museum patron and content. AR brings to life static objects in the real world with sounds, visual contents and additional information. As simple as with a smartphone, a museum patron can have a personal guide that can not only provide textual stories but also shift time and wake up the objects. AR features allow patrons to explore historical spaces and artifacts in new ways.
Museums are in an difficult position: balancing the archiving and preservation of history and remaining relevant to society in the present and future, while being cognizant of major financial considerations. Fortunately, museums are innovating and embracing new technologies, such as VR.