Developing interactive exhibits across cultures
The development of interactive exhibits is a specialty in the museum field. Originally used in the context of science communications and from 1969 becoming substantial with Oppenheimer’s Exploratorium in San Francisco, many museums discovered that these special kinds of displays lead to an improved visitor experience. But what has to be considered when using this kind of knowledge transfer in Saudi Arabia? How can this special knowledge be established and what should institutions and designers keep in mind when they wish to make a museum more “hands on”?
This essay will focus on three main topics: The first topic covers the general advantages of knowledge transfer through interactive exhibits considering cultural distinctions and social aspects in Saudi Arabia. The second topic gives some general guidelines when it comes to the development of interactive exhibits, giving an overview of the different types of exhibits and how a positive visitor experience will be generated in times of medialization and cognitive overload. The third topic will focus on the needs of maintenance and early consideration of consequent costs for any kind of interactive exhibit, whether it is analogue, digital or outdoor.
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Pamela Erskine-Loftus, independent researcher, New York, USA
1. Understandings of Place and Museum
Contextualizing History: Bahrain’s Innovative Approach to Museum Creation
Museums and Cultural Institutions: How Collaborative Approaches May Help Museums Reach Their Communities
Museums in Qatar: Creating Narratives at a Time of Global Unease
2. Communities and Audiences
On Uncertain Grounds: Visitor Research and Community Involvement in a Regional Museum Project in Yemen
Six Things We Didn't Know: Researching the Needs of Family Audiences in Qatar
3. Exhibiting and Educating
The Relationship Between Museum Architecture, Exhibits and Audience, Using Bait Al Zubair in the Sultanate of Oman as a Case Study
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