July 10, 2012
Cincinnati Museum Center Featured as one of Dozens of U.S. Museums in Google Maps for Android
Only museum in Ohio to offer this wayfinding tool
CINCINNATI — Today, Google Maps for Android adds more than 20 US museums and a zoo to its indoor maps, including Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Using Google Maps on an Android, visitors to Cincinnati Museum Center will know where they are deep inside Union Terminal’s 500,000 sf. at any moment. Cincinnati is the only museum in Ohio to be included in this next phase of indoor maps.
Users can zoom into the detailed floor plan, access additional information about the building and key points of interest, and browse these floor plans for each location.
"Union Terminal is a glorious Art Deco train station readapted to house three museums, a historical library and archives, special exhibit space and an OMNIMAX theater," said Shawn Mummert, Cincinnati Museum Center’s informatics champion. "Navigating the intertwining circular ramps of the train station-turned-exhibit halls can sometimes be a challenge. Google Maps on Android provides a terrific tool for us to help visitors enhance their experience."
Mummert was first introduced to Google’s Indoor Map project in March of this year at the South by Southwest Interactive (SxSWi) conference. He knew this tool could be helpful to Museum Center. After showing photos of the iconic Union Terminal (also known as the inspiration for the Hall of Justice) to the Google team, they were intrigued and ready to take on the challenge. Google collaborated with Cincinnati Museum Center to build a detailed indoor map using floor plans and other information about the space.
Visitors to Cincinnati Museum Center will be able to see the floor plan, find important points of interest such as specific exhibits, box office ticket counter, restrooms or an ATM. Visitors may also opt-in to the My Location feature and more accurately pin point where they are inside Union Terminal. This indoor map feature combines information of our paper maps, available at the box office, with the convenience of location awareness of Google Maps.
Indoor Maps are part of the Google Maps for Android devices version 6.0 and up. Users will need to update the Google Maps application on their device in order to access these maps, but no updates will be required after that one-time installation. Users can get the Google Maps for Android app on Google Play using their smartphones, tablets or desktops, and install it on Android smartphones and tablets.
For further details about indoor maps for museums in Google Maps for Android please see this blog post.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.