National World War I Museum and Memorial

AV Upgrades Enhance the WWI Visitor Experience
Kansas City, Missouri

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The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, experienced an audio-visual technology upgrade with support from Electrosonic. Electrosonic designed and installed the facility’s original AV system several years ago, but returned to replace all the museum’s displays and head-end drive equipment with the latest technology.

National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial tells the story of The Great War and related global events from 1914 through the 1918 Armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference. It has been designated by Congress as America’s official museum and memorial dedicated to World War I.

Through the AV upgrade, Electrosonic was able to reduce the number of components in the system by a huge amount. At least 30 percent of the behind-the-scenes hardware was eliminated, which means fewer points of failure and greater streamlining for the museum’s technical staff.

National World War I Museum and Memorial

At the core of the museum is the Horizon Theater, which features a life-sized diorama and a 100-foot wide panoramic screen. A video presentation tells visitors about the events leading to America’s entry into the war while the No Man’s Land diorama in front of the screen depicts a British patrol across a barren landscape littered with authentic objects from the conflict.

National World War I Museum and Memorial

To deliver the video, six 5700 ANSI lumen projectors are edge blended to fill the screen with seamless images. Previously, the projectors were fed and synchronized by individual players, which went through a warp and blend machine, but now, video playback and edge blending are done in Dataton’s WATCHOUT video server. Electrosonic also replaced older projectors with newer models, such as the installation of six High End Systems DLV projectors on moving light pedestals which move images around the diorama. The entire theater system is controlled by a network-driven technology software that is a big advance over the old equipment.

National World War I Museum and Memorial

The museum’s permanent Main Gallery gives a comprehensive journey through the war. There are numerous interactives, ranging from personal kiosks to 46-inch LCD touchscreens, enabling visitors to discover the workings of a Lewis machine gun, the uses of camouflage and how to make their own poster. Many of the interactives were upgraded with solid state technology, which offers increased reliability.

National World War I Museum and Memorial

QSC’s Q-Sys handles audio routing and processing throughout the museum, while the museum’s amplifiers and speakers remain the same. Electrosonic also has a service contract for the site and has placed a full time on-site technician.

“The Museum was very pleased with the technological upgrades to our organization facilitated by Electrosonic,” said National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “Electrosonic managed a tremendous amount of upgrades in a timely, efficient and professional manner.”