How to Setup a Museum Kiosk

exhibit museum kiosk

Working in a museum you’re always looking for ways to make your exhibits more engaging.  A museum kiosk is a great way to engage patrons with multimedia content and help build a richer experience.

The museum kiosk also helps grab passerby attention to draw them in and can even be used to accept donations.

In this article I’m going to show you how to easily host your content on a museum kiosk.  This could be anything from an interactive website, to a directory of your exhibits, or website for accepting donations.

I’m going to assume that you already have content online which you’d like to put on your kiosk and by online I’m referring to a website.

Keep reading and I’ll show you how to take your online content and making it accessible from your museum kiosk.

Benefits of a Museum Kiosk

The benefits of using a museum kiosk include…

  • Engages users and makes a lasting impression
  • Guests can easily find exhibits
  • Self-service lowers burden on your staff
  • Accept donations
  • Browser lockdown software prevents malicious user tampering

Step 1: Pick Your Kiosk Hardware

Kiosks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.  These range from small tablets to full freestanding kiosks.

For the purpose of your museum kiosk we’ll consider both a tablet kiosk and a full freestanding kiosk.

Tablet Kiosk Pros

  • Cheaper
  • Flexible mounting options (tablet, wall, floor stand)

Tablet Kiosk Cons

  • Due to it’s smaller size it lacks the presence and ability to grab attention of a larger freestanding kiosk

Freestanding Kiosk Pros

  • Grabs attention with it’s larger form factor
  • Visible above crowds

Freestanding Kiosk Cons

  • Costly
  • Takes up more floor space

ArmorActive makes a sturdy tablet kiosk enclosure for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Armor Active Museum Kiosk


SlabbKiosks makes a wide range of kiosks that are perfect for your museum kiosk.

SlabbKiosk X9E museum kiosk

Step 2: Load your content

In order to secure your museum kiosk, you’ll need KioskSimple kiosk software.

KioskSimple ensures that your museum kiosk is always up and running and prevents malicious user tampering.

Setting up KioskSimple is as easy as downloading the free trial and entering the website of your online content into the configuration wizard.

KioskSimple Wizard Museum Kiosk

Now start KioskSimple in Test Mode and you’re ready to test drive your museum kiosk.

KioskSimple Startup Mode Museum Kiosk

When you’re ready to exit, press ESC and enter the default password of “kiosksimple”.  Then select the option to “Close KioskSimple” and you’ll be back at the Windows desktop.

Got Questions About Getting Started With Your Museum Kiosk?

Have questions about selecting your kiosk hardware or setting up KioskSimple?

Contact us today and we’ll walk you through the process.  We’re ready to help you get up and running quickly.

Andrew Savala
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Author: Andrew Savala

Andrew Savala is the CEO of RedSwimmer, with a background in designing and deploying complex payment kiosk systems. Andrew offers high-value, strategic consulting services to companies looking to develop their payment kiosks.

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