Lowrance Sound Company and BrightSign apply state-of-the-art technology to bring exhibits to life.
UNION CITY, TENN. – Just in time for Spring Break, Discovery Park of America unveiled something new throughout the museum and heritage park in West Tennessee. In addition to seeing surprises around every corner, guests will be hearing them as well. As they explore the museum, they will hear the sounds of dinosaurs in Dinosaur Hall, real audio from NASA’s Voyager in the Science, Space and Technology gallery, vintage radio commercials in the Transportation gallery and the sounds of Reelfoot Lake around the aquarium. At DPA’s Train Depot, guests will hear a recording from the 1920s of an actual steam engine pulling into a depot and other areas will include relevant music or appropriate sound effects.
“We wanted to increase the transformative aspects of the DPA experience,” said Jennifer Wildes, collections and exhibits director for the park. “Including audio as the backdrop really immerses guests in each exhibit and feels as though the museum really has come alive.”
Wildes and DPA’s information technology assistant director, Robert Pardue, worked with Lowrance Sound Company, also based in Union City, Tennessee on taking this idea from a brainstorming session to reality. “Our organization has been involved in game-changing inventions and developments in this field, and we are constantly educating ourselves and researching the latest advancements in modern audio technology,” said Carl Lowrance, systems engineer. “We were ready when this fun project came around and its been personally rewarding to sit back and watch visitors as they experience the dinosaurs and other things at DPA in a whole new way.”
Since opening five years ago, DPA has used BrightSign for signage, video and audio delivery. It was a key component of adding unique audio via separate files to the museum and park’s system.
A visit to DPA will continue to include more enhancements in the future. “We are working on adding smells to some of our exhibits, too,” added Wildes. “When walking through the Native American gallery, we want the smell of a forest of pine trees to greet guests and adding the smell of firewood and seasonal fruits and vegetables will be a fun way to add to the experience of visiting our 1800s settlement.”
Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, Tenn. and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 10 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation.