a midea event

iPads in the Museum

Please join the NMC and the Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts for the second MIDEA workshop to be held May 3-4 in San Antonio, Texas.

How can art lovers interact with my museum and its exhibits whenever and wherever they want? What are museum professionals doing to harness the power of tablets in their educational programming? How can I get more traction on my current mobile initiatives?

If you have any or all of these questions, this two-day workshop will be an enlightening experience that you don’t want to miss.

cc: flickr image by Alan Levine


The power of the tablet to engage and educate audiences is one of the driving factors behind the many educational institutions implementing programs that feature mobile devices. The Apple iPad, with its sleek design and easy-to-use interface, has positioned itself in the vanguard of all tablet PCs. With the commercial success it has garnered for institutions and organizations across the globe, it’s time to explore the ways in which the iPad can bring more value to your museum.

Applications that take advantage of the hardware functionality of the iPad — GPS, camera, cellular data, microphone, etc. — bring the possibility of augmented reality one step closer to the museum floor. Social tools and rich media experiences take exhibits to the next level by bridging the gap between the art and the audience. iPad apps allow people to preview collections before stepping foot into the museum or provide insightful, supplemental material while guiding people through the space.  The possibilities are ever-growing.

The American Museum of Natural History created a dinosaur app for audiences to experience one of its biggest collections up close and personal; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a Rooftop Garden app that allows people to view the renowned space from all angles, with commentary.

So the question is: What can your museum do to bring your exhibits into the future and engage people on a deeper level?

Join us on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk as we discuss current iPad initiatives in museums, explore new applications with experts Scott Sayre and Kris Wetterlund of Sandbox Studios, and learn about tablets’ impact on online catalogues with NMC Scholar Dr. Holly Witchey. Registration is free to MIDEA members, open to everyone, and the information you take back with you to your museum will be invaluable.

For complete details and registration information, please see the workshop program page.