Mobile for Museums

For many years, art museums have been at the forefront of offering their visitors learning experiences that extend beyond traditional exhibit labels with gallery kiosks and audio guides. More recently, art museums continue leading the way by adding cell phone tours, podcasts, and platform-specific applications in an effort to capitalize on the commonly-owned portable devices—iPods, MP3 players, Blackberries, cell phones—that visitors already carry in their pockets. Museum professionals see great potential in reaching new audiences and pleasing old ones by providing content and social interaction via mobile devices. The biggest challenge is that many museums do not quite know where to begin when working with a small budget and small staff with limited technical knowledge. This site addresses those needs by proving a brief overview of what is being done in the mobile museum world and offers suggestions based on this research on how to economically provide mobile users with a positive experience with your museum.

Project Team:

Sharon Leon (Primary Investigator) is Director of Public Projects at CHNM.
Sheila Brennan (Project Manager) is a Senior Digital History Associate at CHNM.
Dave Lester (Developer) is a web developer and developer outreach coordinator for CHNM.
Andrea Odiorne (Project Associate) is a web designer and project associate in the Public Projects division at CHNM.

This work was performed with generous funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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