Turning Museums “Hip”

More people have been visiting museums and thinking that they are outdated, rather than engulfing in the spectacular work around them. And this is a topic that the museums want to change.


Here’s a link to an article posted in the New York Times that talks about this issue and gives some examples of what some Museums such as the American Museum of Natural History are doing to try and fix this.

I do think that more digital media and interactive technology should be used in museums around the world, especially the U.S., seeing as we are so technologically dependent these days. Most people would probably think, “Why go to a museum when I can see it all on the internet?”, and that’s probably the sad truth. I think that by having museums incorporate more digital imagery and new digital art, it will bring more of a crowd.

Do you agree that Museums are becoming outdated and need to think of renovation ideas?


One thought on “Turning Museums “Hip”

  1. I think your question phrased the idea most truthfully. “Renovation” is best weapon against obsolescence. I think a structural renovation of classic museums would make a huge difference. Putting original artwork in modern, unique interiors would bring the work into the modern day. The Guggenheim is the best example. The museum’s collection is supplemented by the fascinating design of the museum itself. Both art and architecture inform one another, and this is the why the Guggenheim is so appealing. So many museums haven’t changed a bit since they were built centuries ago, and this is why they feel so outdated. A small independent art museum in western Massachusetts, The Clark Institute, has just finished a full-scale renovation to include a dynamic entranceway and expanded gallery space. The museum still retains all of its collection, but now the work hangs in sleek modern galleries. Since reopening, attendance to the Clark has increased dramatically. So I don’t think “interactive displays” or more digital media are as promising a method of modernization as architectural rethinking.
    Josh Gluck

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