Museums and galleries are an attraction that should bring about an informative, relaxing experience. Recent studies have shown that visiting a museum or gallery, whether it’s a short visit or a long-anticipated viewing, have been shown to elicit long-lasting health benefits, both physical and mental. Specifically, in a large survey by the Art Fund, a charity that provides museums and galleries with works of art, discovered that 63% of visitors attended the attraction mainly for stress reduction. This provides a notion as to how a well-designed museum or gallery should function, and directional audio technology plays a key role in making this happen.

A Focusonics™ speaker can be mounted next to or above a piece of artwork, as a directional ceiling speaker, to provide relevant information that can be heard only by visitors who come close – leaving others undisturbed. This solves the challenges in many galleries where there are open spaces with little or no isolation between exhibits meaning multiple sound sources mix amongst one another.

Visitors attend such venues hoping for a unique, immersive experience. Famous battles can be recreated in history museums by fitting directional speakers at different parts of the display. For instance, gunshots or rallying calls from commanders can be heard in different parts of the room to help engage visitors fully with the display.

A Focusonics™ directional speaker can also be directed towards the artwork, which will make it appear that the sound is emanating from the artwork itself and not the speaker. Also, if there is an exhibit that it is not getting as much attention as others, directional audio from a speaker can be used to grab the attention of nearby visitors in the targeted area.

Take a look at the Focusonics™ Model A speaker, an industry leading directional loudspeaker.