Children’s museum finds harmony with IP speakers

Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum improves visitor experience and cuts costs with easy-to-use Axis network audio system

“ The interface has been extremely easy. We deal with so many different computer systems here for different things, and I would say AXIS Audio Player gets an A for user-friendliness.” Rebecca Shulman Herz, Director, Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum


The mission of the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum is to provide children with the tools and inspiration they need to be explorers and creators of the world. It achieves this through understanding, supporting, and promoting play in the fullest sense of the word, one that includes imagination and creativity. A program of the Peoria Park District, the museum opened in 2015 inside the historic building that previously served as the district’s administrative offices. Despite an extensive $5 million renovation, the two-story building lacked a public address system or other means of making announcements throughout the museum, such as alerting visitors of closing time or emergency situations. As a result, staff would sometimes need to go around the museum to ensure guests knew it was time to leave, and parents often found themselves dealing with unhappy children who wanted to stay longer.


After researching potential solutions and talking with local Axis partner The Kern Group, Peoria PlayHouse selected IP speakers from Axis Communications. The Park District IT staff had experience with the brand and considered the feature-to-price ratio attractive. The Kern Group provided an AXIS C1004-E Network Cabinet Speaker to try out on site. In addition to providing a way to communicate throughout the building, the speakers’ ease of installation and user-friendly AXIS Audio Player software made setting up and managing the system extremely quick and easy.


Since installing the speakers in strategic locations throughout the building, the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum has been able to improve closing time notifications, make emergency announcements and even set up custom playlists to play music for events, including a fundraiser, which has saved on the cost of hiring musicians.

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