FE Design_research: Museums and the Iphone

tona monjo tonamonjo at gmail.com
Wed May 20 09:54:41 UTC 2009

As mentioned on yesterday’s design meeting, I’ve been searching some online
references about what museums have done with the Iphone.

Although I’ll continue the search (combined with benchmarking), I send you
the references I’ve found by now (even when I’m quite sure that you may know
most or all of them):

*Gustav Klimt exhibition at Tate Liverpool*

(visible on an Iphone, or using Firefox or Safari on a computer)

Contains exhaustive information about the author and the exhibition.
Although information is mainly textual, it also contains other media, as for
documentation about pieces on the exhibition)

Also interesting is that thet user can send feedback (
Note that the Iphone is used by the museum not only to provide information,
but also to receive it from its direct users or visitors.

More info at:

*Moma wifi*


Contains two sections:
- MoMA Audio is an audio program devoted to the Museum's collection and
special exhibitions. It contains audio tours in multiple languages.
- Visitor information. Textual information about museum hours, dining
options, visitor policies, etc.


(Safari or Firefox are recommended)

Prototype developed by Saint Louis Science Center <http://www.slsc.org/>.
Even when it currently contains textual information and some photographs, it
may be interesting to follow-up future developments, especially for these
- The behavior station (http://kooz.net/iphone/#_behaviorstation). It seems
that it can contain an online activity that will allow user to program his
own fish.
- Nanotechnology center (http://kooz.net/iphone/#_nanotech) may contain in
the future activities, movies and other interesting resources.

*San Jose Museum of Art virtual tours*


Contains museum exhibitions and artists documentation, with text, pictures
and quick time video.

Especially interesting are:
- Artists’ information (http://www.sjmusart.org/m/#_pc). Each page contains
not only textual information about the artist, but also some images that
user can click on to enlarge, and a video with the artist testimonial.
- Feedback (http://www.sjmusart.org/m/#_feedback). User can use a form to
send his feedback (similar to the case of Gustav Klimt exhibition).

More info at:

*Universal Museum Media Widget*


Widget that can be accessed with cell phone or Iphone.

Contains, among others, the following issues:
- Audio on demand (National Museum of Australia). User can play or download
mp3 files, with contents about the museum
- Agenda (What’s happening at Providence Children’s Museum)
- Twitter (http://museumpods.com/museums_twitter.html). A Museum Twitter RSS
feed can be sent to this phone directory.

*Some other references:*

   - The voicemail Museum

   Article about an experiment based on the use of cell phone not to serve
   content, but as a feedback device to know users’ opinions.
   - Brooklyn Museum API: the IPhone app
   In development. Not accessible by now.


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