Museums Move into the Digital Future, Smartphones in Hand

Added by Jason Edward Kaufman on October 3 2011, at 9:25 pm
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  • Imagine the museum of the future.

    You step inside your home tele-dec and settle into an armchair that self-adjusts to your comfort settings. “Computer,” you command, “load the National Gallery of Art.” The room brightens and you find yourself in the atrium of the great Washington institution.

    In the air above the information desk a menu reads: Permanent Collection, Special Exhibitions, Timeline of Art History, and Lounge.

    “Timeline,” you say, and the great hall becomes a mist out of which emerges a semi-circle of lifelike 3-D images of iconic sculptures and paintings from prehistory to the present.

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