At the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), location aware technologies and a mobile app were used to create an experience that allows low sight, blind and non-English speaking audiences to freely access exhibition content. Using beacon technology, users are sent notifications when they enter one of 11 sections of the exhibition “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire” and they are offered wall text stories in each of these areas. These stories are accessible via the screen reader in guided access mode and automatically translated into multiple languages based on the device language setting. There will not be a version of this tour created for blind users, but rather an inclusive tour for all visitors. In this session, you will learn about a model we hope to provide for use in any museum.


  • Daniel Davis