This report highlights a number of key trends that will have a significant impact on the user experience and design of future collections and museums.
Picture these scenarios:
- The Victoria & Albert Museum, its collections depleted by massive repatriation, becomes a travel & tourism guide and international affairs ambassador in an increasingly globalized community
- The Freud Museum, in the spirit of its namesake, becomes a provider of mental retreat and therapy (I wonder if the docents will be licensed psychoanalysis?)
The report projects that:
"...future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space."
- A rising desire among audiences to shape their own cultural experiences (“Collaborative Curation”)
- The opportunity for museum to become “curators of experiences” that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional exhibits or programs, or beyond the walls of the museum itself.
My comment: If you are a curator and are interested in exploring and understanding what the future of large collections and museums may look like and which forces are going to be driving such changes, this is a good report to read.
Insightful. Inspiring 8/10
Original Report: Museums in the Digital Age: