Classic art will always be coveted. There is no disputing the value to culture that paintings and sculptures have provided the world for centuries. However, museums are increasingly becoming places of immersion and experiences. Nothing better exemplifies this than the venues that are showcasing the most cutting edge technology in the A/V industry.

These museums have taken their guests from outside observers and made them part of the exhibits they came to enjoy. A new era is set to begin in the art world and these places are taking the lead in the revolution that is rethinking what an art display can be, and what an exhibit can provide to a customer.

The Mori Digital Art Museum powered by TeamLab in Tokyo, Japan has raised the bar for digital art. A completely experiential museum, the Mori allows guests to interact with exhibits and leads them from one room to another seamlessly, without them even knowing in some instances.

Art on the Mart is coming to Chicago this fall. AV applications will light up the famous landmark with a multitude of digital imagery. Obscura Digital and Christie Digital teamed up to create the projections which will be displayed on the 4 million-square-foot merchandise mart.

The Smithsonian Museum is showcasing the art of ‘Burning Man’ music festival under its roof this year.

The museum describes the exhibition as an, “Immersive room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, and ephemera transport visitors to the gathering’s famed ‘Playa,’ while selected photographs and archival materials from the Nevada Museum of Art’s show City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man trace Burning Man’s growth and its bohemian roots.”

Museums have always been important in continuing education outside the classroom, particularly among young students. Digital displays have become increasingly gripping and can help broaden the educational experience.

There is no reason why classical art and modern technology cannot mix. Museums are in a constant arms race for the top paintings and sculptures, but because of virtual reality, museum goers can still be exposed to the most prestigious works in the world.

One of the most powerful abilities of AV is that it can take people to a different place instantly. This exhibit by the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. takes its visitors to a new place, and time.

Festivals can also take advantage of AV applications. An exhibit that allows guests to walk through a digital display might soon replace traditional fair events.