Category Archives: Critiques

This is where I talk about programs, products, digital tools and more produced by museums.

Using VR to Frame Furniture at the Jewish Museum

Can virtual reality in a museum be used to enhance the visitor experience, to strengthen appreciation for the collections? At the same time, can VR assist families and friends to have meaningful conversations about the objects? Or will this all … Continue reading

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Dancing with WONDER at the Renwick Gallery

When I think about “interactivity” in the design of museum experiences – something I desire as both a patron and as an educator – I tend to think about my desire to interact by touching or manipulating in some way … Continue reading

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Digital Engagement at the Postal Museum

Yes, that’s right – I’m talking about the postal museum, a museum about those places we hate to go, with those long lines, to weigh boxes and ship them back to Amazon or something, whose name has turned into a … Continue reading

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Revisiting Past Practices through a Contemporary Digital Lens: NYPL’s Public Eye

If you’ve never been to the main branch of New York City’s Public Library, on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in a magnificent Beaux-Arts landmark building, you might not realized it also houses lovely exhibit spaces (free for all to … Continue reading

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Has the @CooperHewitt Pen Turned Museums into Libraries? A Visit to the Renovated Cooper-Hewitt Museum

If you haven’t heard about the new Pen at the renovated Cooper-Hewitt, it’s all the buzz in the museum world. It’s the tool that changed a traditional museum into a leading model for the digital age. As it turns out, … Continue reading

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Revisiting Digital Engagement at the Field Museum

I was in Chicago recently for the Museums and the Web conference. Two years ago, in town for a different conference, I wrote about my visit to the Field Museum to learn how they were deploying digital media to engage … Continue reading

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The “Epic Theater” of a New Exhibit on Personal Computing

Have you ever had the experiencing of serendipitously stumbling into an unfamiliar museum to find yourself leaving a short time later in a state of amazement and delight? That happened to me yesterday at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery‘s new … Continue reading

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