The Evolution of Museum Experiences

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… are everywhere. And an increasingly difficult challenge for museums is competing with visitor’s smart phones. i.e., how to make the art more interesting than Facebook/Reddit/YouTube when it is literally at their fingertips.

The answer? Shifting from “museum exhibits” to “museum experiences” where guests can interact and have fun while they learn about the cultural pieces.

In today’s post we highlight this trend, including “how museums can compete”.

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Increasing Focus on Participatory Experiences title

Participatory experiences are becoming more valuable, and museums are finding new ways to incorporate the community

Learning about art by doing: Artists and museums encourage visitors to contribute to installations to create meaning for their own experiences

The participatory museum is a philosophy and strategy that makes museums a more relevant, construction piece of society.  Better experiences

experiences: Social media gives insights to what the visitors are thinking and how they engage with the museum

experiences: Many museum leaders foster digital interaction via smartphones and social media inside museum walls

experiences: Many participatory projects are experimental.  It is important for museum leaders to evaluate and share the successes and failures of their projects

experiences: NMC Horizon Report 2015 credits

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The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Museum Edition”  is a collaborative report created by The New Media Consortium and Balboa Park Online Collaborative, and covers the major trends in the museum industry in 2015.

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