New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

January 23, 2018

Manhattan, New York

Transforming a venerable museum of traditional artifacts into a fun, interactive historical experience for everyone.


Transforming a venerable institution with over a century of protection for its collections is no simple challenge. The New- York Historical Society has embraced change - and technology – to transform its museum and library into an open engaging space. Architectural changes eliminated its former vault-like appearance. Inside, fun interactive multimedia installations and large-scale immersive videos let adults and children explore the city’s history in exciting new ways.

Electrosonic worked with Donna Lawrence Productions to create attractions that would tell the story and enliven the space. They wanted immediate impact with a ‘living painting’ — a motionsensitive panel that reacts to visitors’ movements to pull down a statue. In ‘New York Rising’ the designers wanted touchscreens that would rotate to access layers of information on computergenerated images of artifacts. Images for ‘New York Story’ were to be presented on moving panels that drop into a visual space before revealing a 73-feet wide panoramic screen.


A series of moving image panels merge into the background to reveal a 72-feet panoramic screen.


Electrosonic was responsible for designing, supplying and installing audio, video, interactive and control systems in addition to digital signage. For ‘New York Story’, a special projection system and full-scale mock-up ensured the success of this spectacular presentation. An innovative audio solution concealed sound systems to keep the focus on the exhibits. A video wall blends tradition and technology with an interactive display of great works of art.


No more static artifacts. Fresh thinking, interactive technology and open architecture have transformed the Museum into a space where visitors are encouraged to explore history. The Museum is the only venue in the world capable of presenting the dynamic, panoramic ‘New York Story’. As well as telling the story in more compelling ways, technology has enabled the venue to exhibit an additional 15 percent of its collections.


"Now people know that history is the theme of our institution. The technology lets you make as many or as few discoveries as you want." - Louise Mirrer, President and CEO New York Historical Society Museum

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