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Beacon State of Mind: Culture

From famous museums to performing arts meccas, New York City’s cultural venues are an embarrassment of riches. Museums in Europe are already demonstrating how beacons can give new creative leash to exhibit designers and curators, as well as greatly augment the visitor experience. Beacons can provide, for instance, guided tours and interactive learning experiences for children, as well as lend valuable insights to visitor behavior for museum curators. At Rubens House in Antwerp, where beacon technology was implemented earlier this year, the dedicated museum app gives visitors access to x-ray scans of the artwork, interactive trivia questions about the artist, and a GPS system that outlines the building. A permanent beacon infrastructure throughout the five boroughs could have particular resonance for NYC-specific institutions like the Museum of the City of the New York, which would no longer be restricted by museum walls. Exhibits celebrating the City’s history and heritage could be extended…