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Integrating Technology into a(n Archaeological) Museum Exhibition: Lessons from Keys 2 Rome

Integrating Technology into a(n Archaeological) Museum Exhibition: Lessons from Keys 2 RomeChristie A. Ray / Merel van der VaartDigital Museum Expo 2014V-MusT.net Allard Pierson Museum

Christie A. Ray PhD Candidate University of Amsterdam/Allard Pierson MuseumV-MusT.net (2011-2015)What is the impact of instruction on visitors engaging with on-gallery interactives in the museum context?

Introduction

Merel van der VaartPhD Candidate University of Amsterdam/Allard Pierson MuseummeSch (2013-2017)Mediating the Museum: The impact of on-gallery technology on visitors' engagement with museum objects

Developing Keys to Rome

Integrating technology: Content and Objects

Integrating technology: Design

Integrating technology: Visitor Experience

Behind the Scenes

Lessons learned from Keys 2 Rome

Introduction

Developing Keys to Rome

Keys to Rome was developed for 4 sites in Europe: Trajans Market Rome, Sarajevo Town Hall Bosnia, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt & the Allard Pierson Museum, the Netherlands.

Integrating technology: Content and Objects

Storytelling

What story do you tell?

How do you want to tell it?

Aligning wishes of four sites can be a challenge.

Integrating technology: Content and ObjectsAugmenting objectsintegrates technology in a subtle way.

What we learned:

Buttons work.

So does magic.

All screens are touch screens. (as far as your audience is concerned)

Top picture: Virtex; Bottom picture: Revealing Flashlight

Integrating technology: Content and ObjectsThe exhibition made use of:Virtual objects &Virtual environments

How do you bridge the gap between museum experience & virtual world?

Top picture: Virtually restored replica of museum object. Bottom picture: AdMotum environment.

Integrating technology: Content and ObjectsIn the Allard Pierson Museum, visitors could choose between 3 Perspectives when visiting the exhibition.They could unlock their chosen content with the use of a key-card.

What we learned:

If you have a great ideatest it!

It will only get better.

Integrating technology: Design

Integrating technology: Design

Integrating technology: Visitor ExperienceAttention is limited, motivated and selective.

S. Bitgood (2000)

Keep this in mind when designing your exhibition.Ask yourself: What will the visitor journey be like?

Integrating technology: Visitor ExperienceStart simple, let visitors developer their skills & confidence first.

Introduction video & Instruction.

Login First use of key-card.

Use key-card at theme station.

Use Virtex smart object.

Use revealing Flashlight.

Explore Ad Motum virtual environment.

Think about:

Requirements of the technology to be installed WIFI, power supply, air circulation.

Accessibility to technology/computers for museum staff. Security of technology/computers from museum visitors. Working with conservation staff to ensure museum standards are being maintained.

Behind the Scenes

Technology is different, yet the same.Make it part of the entire development process.

Clearly define exhibition plan early.Installation development has a longer trajectory that traditional development timeline Consider visitor flow when planning technology in exhibition.

Have a maintenance plan.

Communication is key.

Lessons learned from Keys 2 RomeThank you.Christie A. Ray / Merel van der VaartDigital Museum Expo 2014V-MusT.net Allard Pierson Museum