How to Incorporate Archival Material into Your Museum’s Audio Guide

Create museum audio guides that seamlessly blend past and present through audio storytelling (Case Study: The Panorama of the City of New York and the 1964–65 World’s Fair at the Queens Museum).

Close up of the Panorama of the City of New York, an exhibition at the Queens Museum that shows a model version of the city.
The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum.
Black and white poster from the 1964–65 World’s Fair advertising the helicopter tour style ride around the Panorama exhibit.
Poster for the helicopter tour.
Close up of the Panorama exhibit in the dark at the Queens Museum, with areas of the city glowing in the dark.
Close up of the Panorama exhibit in the dark at the Queens Museum, with areas of the city glowing in the dark.
The Panorama in the dark.
Fairgoers at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, sitting and eating Belgian waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.
Fairgoers at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, sitting and eating Belgian waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.
Fairgoers at the 1964–65 World’s Fair.

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