As you walk through corridors full of history and culture, your cell phone can be used for more than just taking souvenir photos. Augmented reality in museums generates new cultural and touristic experiences that make these essential precincts for conserving and exhibiting our heritage more attractive.

We show you the possibilities augmented reality offers to museums in a particular journey through a digitized and avant-garde legacy.


The essential advantages that augmented reality brings to this sector are the following:

  • The museum experience becomes more immersive and participatory.
  • It is inexpensive to reproduce in 3D pieces, paintings, historical explanations, vehicles, and buildings…
  • They adapt the museum visit to each user. The elements are ‘hidden’ for those who do not wish to execute them with their cell phone.
  • It brings new ways of transmitting the cultural heritage of museums to society.
  • It attracts visitors who are not used to museums and would not traditionally visit them.

Uses of augmented reality in museums

Among the uses of augmented reality in museums, an essential one is to provide complementary information to the exhibits. Users point their phones at the works of art, and text, a virtual guide, or an animated experience is displayed in front of them. This allows them to not depend on a guided tour and to design a personalized visit.


Another option is complementing the increasingly popular immersive experiences with more active user participation. That is, while 3D images and sounds unfold around them, people use their cell phones to complement the activity with other animations on their cell phones.

This gives museums the possibility of gamifying the rooms, for example, with an app that ‘sends’ to ‘hunt’ some works, as if it were a Pokémon Go.

In addition, if users have to download an augmented reality app, it can send notifications to users about other pieces to visit in the museum or events that will take place in the next few minutes inside the venue. It could also send offers or ask for a review of the experience.

The type of museum and its user (or the user you want to attract) are the conditions to consider when establishing an augmented reality strategy. Here are some examples of augmented reality in museums (from classic art galleries to spaces dedicated to natural history), buildings, and immersive experiences.

National Gallery

One of the world’s best-known museums, based in London, took some of its works to the streets so they could be viewed through an augmented reality app. The results appeared before users’ eyes by scanning a QR code in certain places.

National Museum of Natural History

This museum in Washington, D.C. houses numerous animal skeletons. Augmented reality allows viewing real creatures by simply projecting them from a phone or tablet. Children and adults can learn not only about their bones but also about their external appearance and movements.

Jose.Blanco. (2022, December 28). Augmented reality in museums: advantages and uses - Evergine. Evergine.