Headed to Boston for the MuseWeb / Museums and the Web conference? As proud Bostonians, we at Cuseum have a few local recommendations to highlight the best our city has to offer! We’ve divvied up our list into a 3 classics, 3 places near the conference center, and 3 spots that are off-the-beaten path. Check them out!
We’re proud to announce that Dreamland Wax Museum, which opened in Boston this summer, has joined the Cuseum family with the launch of their new mobile guide! While most wax museums are traditionally a static experience, Dreamland’s new app will allow visitors to hear the voices and stories of their favorite celebrities, politicians, and historical figures.
Pledge 1% is a global movement of startups who have pledged 1% of their equity, product, or profits towards supporting nonprofits in their communities. At Cuseum, we’re proud to announce we’ve recently taken the pledge!
On Tuesday night, members of the Cuseum team trotted over to Old North Church to attend the “After Hours at the Museum: Trends in Adult Programming” panel hosted by the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable.
This past Wednesday, Cuseum participated in Boston’s first ever “Tech Night at the Museum.”
Yesterday, we joined Museums and the Web for a special roundtable in our own backyard, Boston! Members of the Cuseum team were excited to connect with friends and local museum colleagues to collectively dive into one of everyone’s favorite topics: storytelling.
Rob Stein started us off with a keynote focused on the importance and fundamentals of a great story. Rob, a museum thought-leader best known for his work at the DMA and IMA was introduced by Titus Bicknell as “an avant-garde agent of change” and his talk hit on a number of important topics. Here are a few points we found interesting.
Science → Social Change
When immersed in a great story, oxytocin is released!
Storytelling makes you more receptive to others who are different; an increase in empathy. With that in mind, the impact of stories on society is immense and should push us to place an even higher value on storytelling in the museum.
What to expect in the future?
Fun fact: before entering the museum field, Rob worked on technology-driven experiential research projects, some including head-mounted displays for virtual reality. He shared his very optimistic view of VR for creating immersive experience at the museum, and further projected that a museum’s use of VR will someday be just as important as is social media presence is today.
Challenges for Storytelling in the Museum:
- Museums complicated relationship with fiction.
- Not enough storytellers.
- Buildings that are poorly designed for immersive experiences.
- Lack of tools to create and manage transmedia non-linear stories.
- Unnecessary barriers between museums and the performing arts.
“Interactivity is not just digital. It can be interaction between digital and physical space” - Sandy Goldberg, on visitor interaction.
It is always great to include the voice of an artist. Halsey Burgund questioned the notion: “Who is the expert and how can we level the playing-field for all to feel immersed?”
This viewpoint falls inline with shared authority, a current trend in the museum and historical space to open up interpretation with the public.
As the conversation opened up to the audience, the topic of nonlinear (contextual) storytelling and immersive experiences was further discussed.
Even though the event has passed, please join in on Twitter to follow and voice your thoughts: #MWBoston
…the event was wicked awesome. Thank you Museums and the Web for continuing to stimulate, challenge and facilitate conversations that are integral to the museum community. We look forward to seeing again in Los Angeles this April!
This week we had the pleasure of (once again) joining our fellow museum lovers for #DrinkingAboutMuseums: Boston. Drinking About Museums is “a global movement of museum professionals interested in informal socializing, networking, information sharing, and having a good time.” Yes and yes.
Today is a very exciting day at Cuseum. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve joined Techstars.
With our time in the Techstars Boston program, our team, product, and vision will grow and strengthen beyond our wildest dreams.