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Art Museums go high-tech

The way this story about technology in art museums is written , you’d think that the old fogey art museums are finally getting with the times and beginning to offer stuff as wild as touch-screen displays.

As if!

Art, children, and other museums have been incorporating technology into their displays for a long time. In all fairness art museums have not had as many opportunities to incorporate technology into their displays. Moving dinosaur model = good. Moving Leonardo model = creepy. Actually, now that I mention it, I recently saw a great exhibit on Leonardo’s art that included moving models of some of his robots.

Leonardo robot model
Leonardo robot model

 I will grant that art museums were a little slow to jump onto the technology band wagon compared to history and science-themed museums. However, they are certainly not stuck in the stone age when it comes to showing off art from, well, the stone age.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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