cultural centers & exhibits

exhibit content systems 


Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

Santa Barbara, California


How do museums keep exhibits relevant?  


Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) is currently home to more than 3.5 million specimens and showcases remarkable

diorama exhibits. In 2018, SBMNH underwent a major renovation.  As part of this effort SBMNH engaged Beaudry Interactive (b/i) to provide our technical expertise with the upgrade of the museum’s content management solutions and to develop guest-facing digital overlays for physical artifacts. The museum also 
asked b/i to develop tools that will empower its staff to update relevant content on a regular basis without help of outside technical experts. 


b/i worked closely with the museum staff to help identify points of engagement—for both guests and staff—and to define their content management (CMS) 

process with the goal of ensuring relevance and longevity of this investment.  


Keeping in mind today’s younger, tech-focused audience, and the demand for deeper levels of engagement, b/i developed innovative solutions that realized 

SBMNH’s vision of a hands-on “learn by doing” experience with exhibits that can’t be touched. Following the completion of this project b/i’s proprietary software

can be found behind each exhibit within renovated halls of the museum. This software allows the museum’s staff to easily update all content and touch points and even control sensors to keep it relevant and fresh, all without ever opening the software.  


Following is a more in-depth look into our implemented solutions. Click into each image below for product details: