I think not!
So let’s start a little game: Blog about the gadget, design, ad, website, tv-show or anything that is supposed to be a clever construction of the human mind, but turns out to be down right annoying or silly!
I’ll be happy to start. Museums are filled with our history, top-of-the-pops art, clues and wisdom. In addition these institutions house a legion of skilled people with so many stories to tell. BUT WHY are museum websites soooooo boring? Are they all made by people that used to do brochures – but tought themselves how to write in HTML-code?
Well, you can always write an email to the museum asking your questions – and you might even get an answer back. But why not make asking questions an integrated part of the website – making both answers and questions public?
The good old “Q&A’s” are still a way – but why not let scientists, curators and other kinds of staff “in the know” share their findings with the web-guests through blogs? Think of the PR-value and all the satisfied tax payers!!
It could be blogs analyzing and discussing items in the current collection and on display, it could be a way of promoting and “hyping” coming exhibitions or even better, a way of making the treasures in the archives available to the public! How’s that for making a museum website interactive?
Just a thought …
I have surfed the web to find a few prototypes on how to go – let me suggest:
Would be the perfect example on making science and technique approchable for even very young people. I find it worth noting that things are not simplified beyond reason and all entries are linked to original articles om SMoM’s own website or other relevant websites.
A blog by Mark Macleod belonging to Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis – and a great example on how to make a blog that is both “corporate” and personal – letting us in on how a curator at the museum works. It strikes me as a very extrovert museum with a high degree of interaction with both guests and sponsors.
Well – another great example on museal blogging – and I have to say: American again! In the “About”-article the blog presents itself this way: “The name Eye Level imparts a sense of clarity to which the blog aspires. The name refers to the physical experience of viewing art, but it also plays on the many roles and perspectives that make a museum a reality—roles that will come into focus”
And yes: There is a Danish example!
A great blog taking a “behind the scenes” look at a very progressive Danish museum. Quite different types of employees post their entries on this weblog. Congratulations – keep up the good work!