I recently visited the Archaeological Museum in Pula, which is undergoing an ambitious reconstruction, driven by the dynamic Director Darko Komso. Pula is not alone in rethinking how museums present their collections and interact with the public. Successful museums are creating relationships with visitors that extend before and after the visit.
Today there is an overall sense that the educational roles of museums are becoming more important in a modern society in constant flux, and that they must evolve to meet these demands. Therefore, museums are developing in unprecedented speed, world-wide, driven by digitalisation and new opportunities in visualisation driven by information technology.
Through interactive home pages on the World Wide Web, museums ensure their treasures can be reached by everyone, not only physical visitors. The audience is everyone, no matter where they are or what time of day it is, whether they are in China or in New York City.
Martin Roth, The Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The world’s greatest museum of art and design, recently said “Most of our rich collection, that makes our museum a museum, is not seen by the public or researched. I think we have to change that”. In the fascinating video below, Roth describes The New Age of Digital Curation, and how a digital strategy can help get objects out of deep storage to be appreciated by a new audience.