Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Abstract. How can art museums use interpretive technology to engage visitors actively in new kinds of experiences with works of art? What are the best strategies for integrating technology into the visitor experience? In 2012, the Cleveland Museum of Art responded with Gallery One, an interactive art gallery that opened to stakeholders on December 12, and […]

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Communicative Functions of the Museum Lobby

Abstract. In a time with a heightened focus on how museum architecture and exhibition design shapes the museum visit, the entrance space of museums, the museum lobby, is remarkably absent from the museum literature and research. Still, the museum lobby is the first encounter visitors have with the museum and the last impression that they take […]

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A Place for Kids? The Public Image of Natural History Museums

Abstract. Scholars, commentaries, guide books, and people “on the street” seem to agree and take for granted that natural history museums are mainly aimed at children. Nevertheless, no studies have specifically investigated the public image of natural history museums. In this study, we provide quantitative evidence that natural history museums are indeed seen by the public […]

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Bojale Drum: Material Culture in Living Contexts

Abstract. This paper discusses the three phases of the lifecycle of the bojale drum: its custodianship by the queen of Bakgatla-baga-Kgafela; the drum’s use in bojale (girls’ initiation ceremony); and its presence in Phuthadikobo Museum, a community institution. This lifecycle was observed by the author prior, during, and post initiation in bojale, a girls’ initiation school in 2009. The drum’s use, its […]

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