Explore CMBN – your personal guide to the museum

2021. January 07.

Museums around the world are taking steps further towards enriching the experience of visiting the exhibits, through meaningful information and elements of interactions. This was also the wish of the Bistrita Museum Complex, in Romania, that turned to our company for designing a way to take the visit to their museum to the next level.

Together with the team of passionate professionals from Bistrița, Qulto developed a new concept of an interactive multi-media guide, that combines elements of augmented reality and audio-guide to transform the walk in the exhibit into a quest, a game-like experience.

The app, called Explore CMBN (CMBN being the acronym of the museum) is available on mobile devices and  offers the visitor a wide series of information related to the museum history, the building itself, details on each department, each room and on the most important items in the exhibit. The content comes in the form of text, professional audio recordings, images and 3D scans. The guide is available both in English and Romanian, thus making the museum more accessible for tourists everywhere.

After a short introduction and tutorial, the users have to scan the QR codes next to each room or object in order to get details on that specific collection or items. Unlike during a guided tour, visitors can focus on items that draw their attention. Moreover, items have keywords, based on area of interest or object category, so that a person interested in jewelries or weapons will get recommendations on that specific type of objects. You don’t have to fear about missing important items in the exhibit, because, just like in a game, the app will remind you that there are unlocked treasures nearby and invite you to discover them.

The multi-media guide is just one component of a bigger project that Bistrița Museum Complex designed together with Qulto. The project also involves using Qulto museum software for the management of the collections, thus creating a database with complex metadata for more than 30000 museum objects. A public online catalogue of the most valuable items will soon be available. 

Also as a result of this project, the museum is now welcoming visitors with a detailed interactive 3D map, situated at the entrance of the building. This application is installed on a large interactive table, has interface both in English and Romanian and offers an insight on the museum history and its collections, as well as some practical information, like the location of the ticket-shop, toilets, stairs, etc.

The core-concepts of the project are digitization of the heritage collections, re-use of content and open access to cultural data. Once carefully recorded in the database, all the information related to heritage collections can be further used to develop new apps or virtual galleries.

More here, if you know Romanian 🙂