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Harbor History Museum wins audio contest

Post by Brent Champaco on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm with No Comments »
November 9, 2009 6:03 pm
The unfinished Gig Harbor History Museum includes The Jim and Carol Milgard Maritime Gallery (rear) and the main museum building (right). September 17, 2009 Peter Haley / The News Tribune
The unfinished Gig Harbor History Museum includes The Jim and Carol Milgard Maritime Gallery (rear) and the main museum building (right). September 17, 2009 Peter Haley / The News Tribune

The Harbor History Museum is winning accolades, and it isn’t even open.

The museum announced today that it won the Antenna Audio Tour Contest, which asks organizations to give audio tours that showcase their museum or cultural site.

“The Harbor History Museum’s audio tour takes the listener on a journey from thousands of years in the past to peninsula life today,” according to the museum’s press release. “The narration complements the gallery exhibits by providing additional information and interesting facts on the history of the region, including native Americans, early explorers and pioneers, heritage and culture, and the growth of the peninsula through agriculture, industries, fishing and commerce.”

Here are a few samples of the museum’s winning entry (the MP3’s are located at the bottom of the screen).

For its winning entry, the Harbor History Museum will get 15 MP3 players, accessories and services.

The $11.4 museum, located along Harborview Drive, won the contest despite not opening its doors to the public. Supporters hope to open museum – which will feature exhibits, a pioneer-era school building and a restored fishing vessel — by next year.

Here is the full press release:

MUSEUM WINS NATIONAL AUDIO TOUR CONTEST

Gig Harbor, WA, November 9, 2009—

Harbor History Museum has been chosen as the winner of the Antenna Audio Tour Contest. After narrowing the field to 18 entrants nationwide, participants were challenged to develop an audio tour longer than 15 minutes and less than 45 minutes that showcased their museum or cultural site.

Tours incorporated narration, sound effects and music to create a total visitor experience. All entries had to be produced by staff or volunteers without the assistance of professional production companies.

The Harbor History Museum’s audio tour takes the listener on a journey from thousands of years in the past to peninsula life today. The narration complements the gallery exhibits by providing additional information and interesting facts on the history of the region, including Native Americans, early explorers and pioneers, heritage and culture, and the growth of the peninsula through agriculture, industries, fishing, and commerce.

According to contest judges, “The Harbor History audio tour uses a good mix of music and sound effects and is a complete program, incorporating an introduction, conclusion and directions. It has the best mix of all features.”

Judges also noted, “…they spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the best experience for the visitor.”

As contest winners, the Harbor History Museum will receive:
• 15 brand new XP-classic™ MP3 players
• Headsets
• 15-unit charging rack
• 12-month license for Antenna Audio’s XP-classic Updater™ software
• Access to the Omnimusic Library with 1-year license
• 1-year warranty on equipment

Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba Harbor History Museum was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum provides a variety of public programs, exhibits, and educational outreach programs.

Antenna Audio is the world’s leading producer of interpretive audio tours and other self-guided audio and audio-visual experiences. Antenna Audio solutions bring museums, historic sites, and cultural attractions to life through the use of music, images, video, sound effects, and archival audio or audio-visual material. Designed for all different audiences and environments, Antenna Audio solutions offer a comprehensive approach to the diverse educational and interpretive needs of our clients.

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