Digital signage powers Mississauga museum


Photo by Ian Muttoo, licensed under Creative Commons

Canada’s first Sikh multimedia museum opened recently in Mississauga, Ont., with touch screens allowing visitors to navigate through hundreds of hours of video, audio, graphics, text and animation content.

Based at Ontario Khalsa Darbar, one of Canada’s largest Sikh temples, the digitized museum has been in the planning for nearly 25 years. It offers some 60,000 pages’ worth of information about the world’s fifth largest religion, which visitors can access through four liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Admission is free.

“You just have to walk in and touch any of the screens,” Raghbir Singh Bains, an educator and community activist who organized the project, told The Globe and Mail.

Based in Surrey, B.C., Bains was honoured in 2005 with the Order of British Columbia for his efforts in promoting cultural understanding.

“This museum is a tribute to Canada and its multiculturalism,” he told the Globe. “A visit will help people understand how Sikh philosophy fits into the Canadian mainstream.”