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10 Startups Disrupting Museums

Startups Disrupting Museums

While plenty of innovation happens in museums and galleries, there is also an incredible ecosystem of innovative startups working alongside the cultural sector. These startups are disrupting museums with a myriad of magnificent resources specifically for the museum, from augmented reality to digital tracking.

Below we highlight ten disruptive tools, services and innovations from startups disrupting museums (be sure to add to our list in the comments below) :

ArtformAR
Currently accepting requests for private beta testers, ArtformAR offers augmented reality technology for museums. Annotate museum works in virtual reality, add commentary to specific items in your collection that visitors can view via their smartphone, and offer location-tracking capabilities from within your museum. If you want to experience the next level of technology for museums, sign up for early access to ArtformAR.

Artyou Global
Artyou Global offers art management services for museums, galleries, curators, and artists. Manage your collections, send and receive data on items in your collection, track the history of each of your pieces, and even transport and insure your works. Artyou Global offers NFC and GPS tracking for pieces in your collection and can help you create brochures for your pieces too.

DeFrame
DeFrame provides a SaaS platform for museums that offers everything from visitor engagement tools to exhibit analytics. Create maps for museum visitors to follow inside your building. Add virtual content to your pieces to increase engagement as guests visit each of your pieces. Understand how visitors are engaging with your museum in order to improve guest satisfaction ratings and fuel the future of your marketing efforts. Engagement management for museums; what an awesome idea, right?

Micro
Micro is bringing mini museums to public places like train stations and waiting rooms at hospitals. Initially focusing on science museums, Micro lets museums share a glimpse of their facility in a standalone display that is approximately the size of a typical vending machine. Micro is a non-profit organization that wants to bring the magic of museums to the public in a variety of locations, including airports and public libraries. Check out Micro for yourself to see if their concept can help your museum garner more attention.

Locatify
The Automatic Museum Guide is a revolutionary technology for museums  that empowers curators to create fully immersive multimedia experiences and engage visitors through navigation, guidance and narration. The app allows visitors to explore exhibits, with audio and other content being triggered automatically as they move through the museum.

Panorama
Panorama offers a selfie solution to museums and tourist attractions wanting to offer panoramic selfie images to their visitors. Install Panorama at your museum and let visitors take individual or group photos in a panoramic shot that features a wide-shot view of your facility. Set up Panorama at the entrance to your museum or inside your building near your most popular attraction. Panoramic images + social media sharing = massive marketing opportunity for visitor-hungry museums.

Muselity
Muselity combines interactive augmented content with audio guides for museums. Available for both iOS and Android smartphones, the Muselity mobile app lets museums offer additional information about their exhibits. Share holograms, videos, 3D images, and audio snippets with museum visitors. You can even send push notifications to visitors when they are outside your facility. Muselity offers guest analytics too, so museum leaders can better manage their collections and marketing efforts.

Cuseum
There is no question about it: museums and public attractions are being redefined in the digital age. Shouldn’t membership evolve as well? Digital membership cards embrace convenience. Members no longer have to keep track of physical cards, which are easy to lose and just take up space. Visitors now have access to their favorite  organizations, right in the palm of their hand. The digital membership card allows them to effortlessly make the most of their membership, realizing the full benefits including reciprocal institutional relationships, upcoming exhibition information, and even event notifications.

Second Canvas
Using ultra-HD gigapixel images Second Canvas makes even the smallest details of a brushstroke are visible in highest quality. Zoom in beyond the naked eye, up to the brushstroke level, and see the crackle, thanks to incredibly high resolution images.

Cards for Culture
While many of the examples of Startups Disrupting Museums above are tech led, our final innovator couldn’t be simpler. Cards for Culture is a game and toolkit, consisting of a box of three decks of cards that help you to develop and strengthen your institutional strategy across a wide range of topics. These versatile and user-friendly cards stimulate your creativity, inspire innovation and guide transformation processes.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups are creating a host of tools museums can use to increase engagement and boost visitor numbers. Have you tried the tools, services and innovations above? Which disruptive museum startups would you add to the list?

About the Author

Jim Richardson is the founder of MuseumNext. Having run a creative agency focused on the cultural sector for sixteen years, he now splits his time between running MuseumNext and consulting with cultural and tech organisations around the world.

  • exhibii

    Great list Jim! We founded Exhibii (www.exhibii.net) as a mobile tool for exhibition professionals (registrars, preparators, etc.) to manage and document the exhibition process on the object level for reference and sharing. Would love to have you check us out!

  • Brad Bredehoft

    Thank you for the thought provoking list Jim. The innovation around cultural institutions is exciting. At Museum Study (www.museumstudy.com) our mission is to help you build a better cultural institution and be a stronger member of the team that carries out the mission of your institution. To accomplish this we provide online professional development.

  • Sophia Rochmes

    So many great resources here for visitor engagement! Musebooks (www.musebooks.world) is an alternative to e-books specially designed for the art and museum world. Our format offers 3 reading views and lets you zoom in on the images. We are bringing exhibition and collection catalogues to digital libraries all over the world, including access for public and institutional libraries.

  • Sebastian Winkler

    Hi, it’s Sebastian the founder of http://www.shoutrlabs.com
    We appreciate the list but too bad shoutr labs as a full e2e provider is missing.
    >>The shoutr.System is a visitor information system to provide interactive multimedia content both indoors and outdoors. The transmission of data to the mobile devices of the visitors (BYOD – Bring Your Own Device) works with an autonomous high-speed WLAN and does not require the devices to be connected to the internet. The WLAN infrastructure is provided by shoutr.Boxxes.<<

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27f4780a320f368a45bacad9824cdf726ad24ebafe5954ab06a3b96d604f1054.png

  • Steve Zitkovich

    Great topic!

    Nubart is disrupting the audio guide business model with full featured multilingual audio guides at such attractive cost + production that audio guides can even be done for temporary exhibits or by small museums (at a profit for the museum!).
    See a 2-minute video of how it works at: http://www.nubart.eu .

  • Maddie Turner

    An interesting list to have stumbled upon as I am currently writing my Master’s dissertation on the topic of startups disrupting the museum field!

    Having interned at Vastari Group Ltd, I found their work fascinating as they strive to help exhibition producers, venues, collectors and suppliers
    connect worldwide to organise more meaningful exhibitions
    and bring them to the widest possible audience. (Vasari.com).

    I will definitely be taking this list on board!