Reimagining Museum Engagement for Younger Generations

“Over the course of the next seven years the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) will embark on a renovation of its original museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to the tune of $1 billion dollars. NASM is reported to be the most visited museum in the United States and the 3rd most visited in the world, with 8.6 million visitors through their doors in 2017 and hundreds of thousands of digital visitors who frequent NASM’s website and collection search center.”

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RTI Digitization in the Museum

“Digitization within museums takes many forms. With the increasing accessibility of 3D digitization methods, it can be difficult to determine the point at which 2-Dimensional (2D) digitization isn’t enough and 3-Dimensional (3D) digitization is needed. However, there is an alternative option for objects that are mostly 2D, but require a more powerful form of digitization.”

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Making Museums Accessible

“During the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and 1970s a cultural and legislative transformation occurred that began the effort to protect minorities and persons with disabilities against discrimination, and advocate for their equal right to participate in all aspects of life. There is still much to be done in both the United States and Canada, and the museum world is not exempt from this work. Efforts in employment, education, cultural, political, transportation, and healthcare sectors have each seen some evolution and there has been some progress in terms of mainstream acceptance and perceptions regarding disability.”

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The Value of Cultural Heritage Experiences in the Museum

“As museums have evolved, so have their exhibits. We’ve seen displays go from wax model recreations of Neanderthals, miniaturized versions of places, touch and play set ups to interactive digital panels, integrated multi-media, and even augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) set ups that enhance the exhibit experience. As the years have gone on, museums have strived to create dynamic and appealing exhibits that entice new visitors and bring repeat visitors back. While resources can be limiting in terms of how dynamic an exhibit can be, there are creative ways to achieve a compelling exhibit. Online exhibits can offer additional, supplemental content in the form of videos, interviews, additional objects and information. One way museums have delivered more vibrant and meaningful exhibits has been to include cultural heritage experiences (CHE).”

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3D Digitization in the Museum – Part 2: LIDAR

“Last week we introduced the topic of 3D digitization in museums. The post investigated 3D digitization adoption and explored one of the two main methods: photogrammetry. This post will evaluate the second method—LIDAR scanning—and will conclude with recommendations for museums to consider when choosing a 3D digitization method.” Read the full post at Lucidea’s Think Clearly Blog.


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