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How Museums are using Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is the process of using technology to superimpose images, text or sounds on top of what a person can already see. It uses...

Ask a Curator : Questions for your curator

Next week Ask a Curator day will take place across social media platforms, with more than 1000 museums, historic houses, galleries, libraries, aquariums and zoos...

Digital Volunteering Spikes During Australian Covid Lockdown

A citizen scientist programme in Australia has seen a huge upturn in volunteering during the country’s pandemic lockdown period. Although the institution behind the scheme,...

Technology and planning help museums manage outdated exhibitions

Museum exhibitions are all about the “Wow!”, “What?” and “Why?” as they showcase beauty and wonder, spark curiosity, and share some of the important lessons...

Facebook announces paid events

One of the challenges currently facing Museums is how to monetise their online activities, so many working on the digital side of our cultural institutions...

Innovating with digital to find new revenue stream for Museums

In the UK this week, the Culture Minister Oliver Dowden reportedly told museum directors to be more commercially minded, with one suggestion being that they...

Ask a Curator day returns on September 16th 2020

Ask a Curator Day started in 2010 in an effort to harness Twitter’s networking power to drum up some direct engagement with curators across the...

Using Technology to Change How We Talk About Museums

What does a museum mean to a city? Who feels represented, included or inspired by these civic institutions? These are big questions, with no easy...

Military Museum Uses Chatbot During COVID-19

A Canadian museum has decided to introduce chatbot technology to help it in light of the global pandemic crisis. The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum, a...

Beyond Office: Microsoft and the museum environment

As a Business Strategy Leader for Libraries and Museums in Microsoft’s Worldwide Education team, Catherine Devine spends much of her time considering how digital transformations...

Corona-proofing museum interactives

This article is a shortened version of a webinar that we gave at Ecsite this year. You can rewatch the full length webinar here or right...

The AR that ate Disney World 

For years, I had a deep skepticism of Augmented Reality (AR). While I could see the revolutionary potential of AR in the distant future, when...

Five secrets to livestreaming a cultural feast

Thanks to live-streaming, museums are turning the crisis into an opportunity to reach new audience. In February, eight Chinese museums joined a 12-hour live-streaming relay...

10 ways to make your museum website COVID secure

Above: Stadel Museum in Frankfurt, one of the European museums that has reopened  A month after the rest of Europe, the first museums in the...

How less ambition can lead to greater museum websites

“We are a world class museum and we want a website / app / interactive to match”. Almost every briefing I receive starts with the...

How are some of the world’s best known Museums doing amazing things with 3D Printing?

3D printing seems to have taken the world by storm in the last few years. This shows no sign of slowing as the technology continues...

Can Audio Tours survive social distancing?

As museums slowly start to reopen following their closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some things look very different. Face masks, plexiglass screens, timed entry...

How to take an exhibition digital

Since the COVID pandemic began earlier this year, museums have been faced with major challenges: the vast majority have closed their doors, events have been...

How technology is bringing museums back to life

Over the past two decades, technology has cemented itself as one of the most important aspects of modern society. From where we stand today it’s...

What makes a good museum website?

A website offers the chance to bring the essence of a museum to a virtual platform, but what can be done to ensure that nothing...

Virtually There – How to Create Effective 360° Virtual Tours

With holiday and leisure plans on hold for the foreseeable future, it’s little wonder that Google saw a 100% spike in searches for virtual cultural experiences in the month...

How virtual reality is bringing historical sites to life

If the purpose of museums is to build a bridge between the past and present, then VR is surely one of the most innovative construction...

What digital did next – How digital arts can unlock value and opportunity in a socially distanced cultural sector

There is still much to be realised about the potential of digital arts and the application of digital tools to share cultural content. For some,...

Do virtual tours in museums meet the real needs of the public? Observations and tips from a visitor studies perspective.

During the lockdown, more and more museums around the world are offering digital tours online: they could be virtual tours, live guided tours or even...