Rijksmuseum app / Multimedia tour and Family quest

Rijksmuseum app / Multimedia tour and Family quest

In 2013, Rijksmuseum launched Rijksmuseum app containing a multimedia guide for museum visitors. It now includes nine tours in both long and short versions featuring information on various levels for 225 exhibits: an introduction to the object, an animated sequence that provides a magical window with more information (See more) and a third level (Learn more) at which selected museum experts and external specialists comment on the exhibit. User experience is further enhanced by the unique sound design and 3D audio.

A family game was added to this adult multimedia guide in 2014: Family quest. This game is designed quite differently: it can only be played inside the museum itself by 2 to 4 players. App users outside the museum receive a teaser encouraging them to come to the museum to play the game.

 What makes this game special is the intensity with which all members of the family, young and old, get to work together. As they solve the eight mysteries in various fun ways, they learn about the Rijksmuseum collection. Each player has a handset on which to carry out different individual tasks, followed by a group task where all the players share one handset. Aimed at various levels and packed with tantalising puzzles, this tour is suitable (and fun!) for all age groups and a challenge for young and old alike. It also appeals to a range of talents among the players. As one parent commented afterwards: ‘Everyone can do something well.’

In charge of the game is a charismatic character named Bob who guides players through the building in a jocular, humorous manner. Bob is actually a real person who works at the Rijksmuseum, which reinforces the connection with the museum. The game involves the whole museum: Teekenschool educational centre, the shop and the café all feature in the game. In the end, when all eight mysteries are revealed, the players collect a prize at the shop.

Family quest has been available for some time now and is a definite hit. Interactive games such as Make your own Vermeer, Mix the Best Gunpowder, Find the Fastest Ship and Open the Mysterious Lock provide an intriguing challenge. And the phone call from museum director Wim Pijbes at the end is always a huge surprise!

Presentation Rijksmuseum app

Practical information

Family quest is developed for use by 2, 3 or 4 players in the museum. It only works inside the museum, with each player using a separate handset. IPod handsets are for rent at the multimedia desk. In addition, Family quest is also available as part of the Rijksmuseum app, for iPhone and iPod at iTunes, and for Android devices from Google Play.

Download Rijksmuseum app via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/rijksmuseum/id621307961?mt=8

Download Rijksmuseum app via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.rijksmuseum.mmt

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