As an intern in the museum world, this celebration is pretty near and dear to my heart. Thanks to the good people at ICOM (the International Council of Museums), countries from across the globe have banned together since 1977 in order to raise awareness on the importance of museums.
And to show how awesome museums are, some places dedicate more than a single day to this event – they make a whole month of it!
You may have noticed that yesterday, the Twittersphere was full of answers to #museospark’s question, “What inspires you about museums?” That question was part of a run-up for IMD and we got some great responses like;
Using Twitter to lead into IMD was perfect considering this year’s event theme is entitled “Museums in a Changing World” and is all about museums and technology.
Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background.
Museums in a Changing World is recognition that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid. Each may face a unique set of goals, interests and audiences. – ICOM
The MIA has certainly undergone some changes within the past year. In previous posts I’ve already written about our incorporation of social platforms like Pinterest, and explained how smartphone applications like QR code scanners are changing the way people interact with exhibitions. We’ve also used Skype and YouTube to record interviews with some of the Inuit artists we exhibit (since physical travel is not always possible). And the fact that you’re reading this on a blog is another example of our digital interests.
Those are only some of the projects we’ve completed and continue to work on – but it’s just the beginning. There are still a lot of tech surprises to come…
For instance, did you know that in the digital alphabet AR comes after QR?
What that means is once you’ve figured out how to scan all those crazy shaped QR squares, you’re ready to move to the next level: Augmented Reality (AR). Museums are just getting into this so similar to how it took a while for people to figure out how to best use QR codes, there will again be a lot of experimentation with AR.
While the MIA plays around with their computers and smartphones (stay tuned for an upcoming “What’s the deal with…AR blog post) you’ll have to wait a little longer to see the end results. But in the meantime we’re offering some special tours and fun stuff to ring in IMD. Oh, and did I mention that today admission is FREE! So come celebrate International Museum Day with us :)
– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant