Imagination is the limit to how you can educate and entertain your guests with Augmented Reality (AR) animations. They make for delightful moments and great fun in your tours and trails.

There are many ready-to-use AR animations on the Gamar CMS to make quick tours and trails. For more bespoke needs, here is a list of 15 different ideas. Check out what suits your digital interpretation needs.

1. Hide and Seek

As popularly known by the name 'Hidden Object Mechanic', Hide and Seek is one the most compelling ways to get your guests jump into your spaces and actively seek out exhibits.

Hidden object game from 'Gift for Athena' at the Parthenon gallery, British Museum

2. Meeting your Favorite Characters

Augmented Reality is by the far the best way to meet your favorite characters which is otherwise probably not possible.

'In the Night Garden™' trail at the four RHS Gardens

3. Recoloured History

AR animations are a great opportunity to reconstruct and recolour history and bring back the ancient art to its original glory.

'Gift for Athena' game in the Parthenon gallery at The British Museum, London

4. Precise Translations

AR can be effectively used to give precise translations or perhaps highlight particular text bytes or quotes from your exhibits.

AR translation of original Shakespeare’s play Tempest to modern English

in the gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon

5. Talking Sculptures

Have sculptures talk to the guests and tell their story, like Mr. William Hobson from the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne.

'Redoubt Fortress trail' at the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne

6. Musical Paintings

Let the characters in the paintings make music, like ‘Bell and Dorothy Freeman 1889’ painting housed in the Geffrye Museum, London.

'Paintings Trail' at the Geffrye Museum, London

7. Enchanted Books

AR can be effectively used to highlight a particular story from a book, like Major John Chard’s account of the Defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879 from the Treasures of Royal Archives published by Royal Collection Trust. 

Treasures of Royal Archives published by Royal Collection Trust

8. Videos Re-lived

You can bring your favorite videos to wherever you want them to appear, like this AR animation made for the National Football Museum where the plaque for Bobby's Charlton is brought to life with a video byte from one of his famous football matches.

Plaques trail at the National Football Museum

9. Magical Eggs

Anytime of the year is good to hide virtual eggs and let your guests seek them. You can always design each egg your way and put them along the trail with a bit of sparkly magic. You can even hide treasure chests, gold coins or jelly beans to create treasure hunts. How about hiding ghosts for some Ghost hunt fun!

Egg hunt creator on the Gamar app

10. Reimagined Arenas

You can reimagine arenas, battlefields, historic city landscapes, lost buildings and huge spaces with location based AR, like this example of the battle of Naseby.

Location based AR for the Naseby Battlefield

11. Labelling Key Elements

Augmented Reality can be effectively used to label different parts of an object, for example you can name different characters as in this painting showing Neptune, the Greek god of the sea, passing Nelson's body into the arms of Britannia. Industrial training is a perfect application for labelling different parts and explaining what each part can do and more.

'Legend of Nelson' trail at the National Maritime Museum

12. Collection of Items

'Collection mechanic' is one of the most compelling play mechanics. Give your guest a good reason to collect different items and there you have a super fun game ready!

In this example below, guests at the Warwick Castle go to different exhibits of the Kingmaker exhibition to collect all the items needed for the final battle of the English Civil war.

'Kingmaker DigiTrail' at the Warwick Castle

13. Reconstruction of Events

Think about reconstructing an event from the past, AR animation can be a good way of doing it. It can be great fun and makes it easier for guests to connect with the exhibits as the exhibits themselves trigger the animation through augmented reality.

The example below reconstructs the story of how Grace Hopper invented 'debugging' computers in the 1940s, when she fixed a broken computer by killing a moth trapped inside it.

'Augmented Reality' trail at The National Museum of Computing

14. Interactive 360° Worlds

360° interactive worlds are a great way to show historic city landscapes, lost buildings, rooms or just to replicate a scene as it used to be. In the example below, the kitchen at the Redoubt Fortress is digitally reconstructed with ovens, stoves, table, food and pots boiling on top of ovens.

'Redoubt Fortress Trail' at Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne

15. The Whole Story

Why not tell the whole story with an animation, just like in 'Animals of Early Egypt' at the Egyptian gallery in The British Museum. In the following example, guests have to look for Ostrich egg shells and when they point their device to the broken egg shells, an animation appears detailing about how Ostriches influenced Early egyptians and how the eggs were used in their daily lives.

'Animals of Early Egypt' at the British Museum

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Lavanya Naga

Making discovery & learning fun with #AugmentedReality @Gamar. Love art, psychology & the ocean. Experience Designer at Gamar

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