November 6, 2014
For years, museums have taken visitors on journeys through historical periods, but the tools are many times one-way means of experiencing cultural institutions (think of the audiobooks). But in the last few years, museums world-wide have been exploring digital and mobile technologies to create innovative ways to upgrade a visitor’s experience. It’s all about creating a more interactive, two-way experience for those in the museums and those for those at home.
For example, The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. has developed a few mobile apps and websites that allow museum visitors to interact as they go through an exhibit or remotely. The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City has a free mobile walking tour app that gives users a glimpse into Gilded Age New York as seen through the eyes of Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus. Or even the Save the Sound website that archives old sounds!
One of the oldest museums in the city of Miami, HistoryMiami, is launching an initiative to revamp visitors experience using new tools made for the digital and social sharing age. It starts with a hackathon, “Night at the Museum: Recoding History,” where hackers will have 24 hours to come up with digital solutions to document and present Miami’s notable history. Winners get $10,000 in cash prizes and access to the museums vault of over one million historical photographs and artifacts.
“HistoryMiami hopes to use this event to help the organization rethink the way the museum’s collection should be experienced,” said Stuart Chase, the museum’s COO.
Few cities can claim a history as eventful, significant, and tumultuous as that of Miami. It’s young and full of booms and busts. Finding innovates way to showcase this city’s history is an opportunity to educate our citizens.
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