Most visitors will be familiar with the sort of multimedia exhibition elements that have been in use in other museums for some time. Films, listening stations or digital research platforms will also be available at the Humboldt forum, of course, in the Staatliche Museen exhibitions on the second or third floors, for example. In addition to the well over 100 media elements in the exhibitions areas there are also more exotic formats to be found, thanks to the new, custom design of the exhibitions. For example visitors will be able to experience spectacular images projected onto the cupola in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, which, at over twenty metres in diameter and with over 50,000 lumens will present exhibition contents in a most spectacular fashion.
The Ethnologisches Museum on the second floor will also host a variety of multimedia treats: a wave field synthesis system will be installed in the listening chamber under the domed hall. This technology – one which has only been introduced in only a few instances around the world – allows for acoustically perfect spatial audio rendering, so that the listener can experience sounds from a wide variety of spaces, such as different arrangements of musical instruments, in a natural, true-to-life manner. The visitor not only has a first-row seat, so to speak, but he or she can also experience the sound from the stage itself.
In keeping with the spirit of the times, there is also a focus on visitor interaction. In addition to a variety of exhibition stations with touchscreens which allow visitors to experience and research exhibition contents independently, they will also be able to use advanced navigational systems throughout the building as well as tablet areas which help them conduct their own research and plan their visit according to their needs.