The Cleveland Museum of Art – Museum of the Year 2013

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH

 

Museum of the Year 2013

We chose this museum for one reason: Gallery One.

On January 21, 2013, the Cleveland Museum of Art opened Gallery One, a unique, interactive gallery that blends art, technology and interpretation to inspire visitors to explore the museum’s renowned collections.

This revolutionary space features the largest multi-touch screen in the United States, which displays images of over 3,500 objects from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection. This 40-foot Collection Wall allows visitors to shape their own tours of the museum and to discover the full breadth of the collections on view throughout the museum’s galleries.

Not since the opening of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in Spain, has a museum set the industry on it’s ear – and this time the architecture is not the main attraction. Technology has taken front stage in one of the world’s most reputable and respected art institutions. The museum could always boast that its collections made it one of the top 20 art museums, but now museum-lovers and professionals from all over the world have trekked to Cleveland to experience art in a whole new way.

Congratulations, Cleveland Museum of Art! 

We can’t wait to see what the next century brings in museum technology thanks to your bold step into the 21st Century!

About

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

What to expect

Throughout the space, original works of art and digital interactive experiences engage visitors in new ways, putting curiosity, imagination and creativity at the heart of their museum experience. Innovative user-interface design and cutting-edge hardware developed exclusively for Gallery One break new ground in art museum interpretation, design and technology.

“Gallery One offers an unparalleled experience for visitors of all ages,” said David Franklin, Sarah S. and Alexander M. Cutler Director. “The space connects art and people, art and ideas, and people with people. We’re thrilled to share this new space with the Northeast Ohio community, for both first-time and repeat visitors, and we are especially proud to lead the way internationally in using technology to enhance and customize the art museum experience.”

Visitors to Gallery One will discover new ways of interpreting the museum’s distinguished collection through a variety of hands-on and technology-based activities. Works of art from the permanent collection on view in the gallery, include masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Viktor Schreckengost, Giovanni Panini and Chuck Close. Games encourage visitors to see themselves in the collection, matching their faces to works of art or striking the poses of sculptures. In addition, touchscreen interactives and the museum’s new ArtLens iPad application allow visitors to explore how works of art were made, where they came from and why they were produced. At every turn, technology is used to bring visitors back to works of art and to open multiple perspectives on the collection.

YouTube Video: Gallery One

Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Tours / Technology

“It’s very important to us that visitors interact with real objects, rather than digital reproductions,” said David Franklin. “We want visitors to look closely at original art works and to make personal connections to what they are seeing.”

“Technology is a vital tool for supporting visitor engagement with the collection,” adds C. Griffith Mann, Deputy Director and Chief Curator. “Putting the art experience first required an unprecedented partnership between the museum’s curatorial, design, education and technology staff.”

Comprised of three major areas, Gallery One offers something for visitors of all ages and levels of comfort with art. Studio Play is a bright and colorful space that offers the museum’s youngest visitors and their families a chance to play and learn about art.

Highlights of this portion of Gallery One include: Line and Shape, a multi-touch, microtile wall on which visitors can draw lines that are matched to works of art in the collection; a shadow-puppet theater where silhouettes of objects can be used as “actors” in plays; mobile- and sculpture-building stations where visitors can create their own interpretations of modern sculptures by Calder and Lipchitz; and a sorting and matching game featuring works from the permanent collection.

This space is designed to encourage visitors of all ages to become active participants in their museum experience.


Collection Highlight

One of the most unique and innovative aspects of Gallery One is the Collection Wall, a 40-foot, interactive, microtile wall featuring works of art from the permanent collection that rotates by theme and type, such as time period, materials and techniques, as well as curated views of the collection.

“The Collection Wall is a fulcrum between Gallery One and the permanent collection galleries,” said Caroline Goeser, Director of Education and Interpretation. “It displays the collection in a way that is constantly changing and evolving. You have a chance to see it differently depending on the perspective or theme that’s shown.”

The largest multi-touch screen in the United States, the Collection Wall utilizes innovative technology to allow visitors to browse these works of art on the Wall, facilitating discovery and dialogue with other visitors. The Collection Wall can also serve as an orientation experience, allowing visitors to download existing tours or curate their own tours to take out into the galleries on iPads. The Collection Wall, as well as the other interactive in the gallery, illustrates the museum’s long-term investment in technology to enhance visitor access to factual and interpretative information about the permanent collection.

Gallery One is generously supported by the Maltz Family Foundation, which donated $10 million to support the project. Additional support for the project comes from grants and other donations.

Accessibility

The museum’s collections are FREE of charge to visit. The museum is accessible to disabled visitors. Ramps and elevators serve the north entrance. Wheelchairs are available at the coat check in the north lobby. Most of the historic 1916 building is accessible, but visitors must enter from the north via the new east wing. The south steps, which are open during the spring and summer, are not wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are available for use in the lecture and recital halls (ask attendant or projectionist). Service animals accompanying disabled individuals are welcome. Specially designed tours for visually impaired and hearing-impaired visitors are offered by prior arrangement. Contact the education department.

Accreditation

American Alliance of Museums

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YouTube Video: Cleveland Museum of Art Director

Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

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Discovery Children’s Museum

Las Vegas, Nevada

About

Prior to opening its doors in a new location at Symphony Park and with a new name, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum was located in the historic Cultural Corridor in Downtown Las Vegas. The museum’s co-founders, Robin Greenspun and Mark Tratos, arranged a partnership between the Junior League of Las Vegas and the Allied Arts Council founding a private, nonprofit educational institution in 1984. A bond issue authorizing the building of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library and Discovery Museum in 1985 gave the museum a permanent home, which opened its doors to the public on September 9, 1990.

What to expect

The mission of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is to provide a vibrant and engaging experience, through exhibits and programs, where children from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds actively participate in playful learning experiences that ignite a love of lifelong learning.

Tours / Technology

Groups are welcome; there is no use of mobile technology in the museum (most children’s museums use a “hands-on” experience).


Collection highlight

The giant pirate ship is a huge hit for must kids!


Accessibility

$12.00 for ages 1 to 99 Free: Members and children younger than one year old; adults 100+ years old; Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult; 18 years or older. Adults are welcome without a child, however we just ask they leave their license/ID with Admissions during their visit. FREE accessible parking.

Accreditation

None noted

 

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National Museum of Mexican Art

Chicago, IL

About

Founded in 1982 by a group of Chicago Public School teachers with a starting budget of $900, the National Museum of Mexican Art is the only Latino museum in the country that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

What to expect

With 7,000 objects, the National Museum of Mexican Art’s permanent collection is one of the largest collections of Mexican art in the country.

Tours / Technology

All year round, the Museum’s Education Department offers English, Spanish or bilingual tours of our permanent and temporary exhibitions.  Tours are tailored to all ages (including parents) and offer visitors an opportunity to learn about art and culture through the artwork on display and the thematic content explored by the exhibition.  In addition, visiting artists will often offer live demonstrations of artistic techniques featured in the exhibitions.


Collection highlight

The Museum strives to maintain, preserve and acquire works for its collection that reflect the diversity and quality of Mexican art in the following categories: Pre-Cuauhtémoc, ephemera, textiles, folk art, prints and drawings, photography, and paintings and sculptures.

Accessibility

Admission is FREE. Memberships available. ADA compliant.

Accreditation

American Alliance of Museums

Social Media

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California

 

About

Considered by many to be one of the best in the world, this is definitely in the top 5 of the U.S.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has attracted more than 47 million visitors and has won awards for its exhibits, architecture, and cultural and educational impacts. We’re located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and open daily except Christmas. Hours vary by season. Daily schedules available at www.montereybayaquarium.org or by calling (831) 648-4888.

What to expect

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Tours / Technology

This museum makes use of technology as few I’ve seen. TAKE your smart phone (dumb phones too) and use their mobile website, the native app, AND your texting feature to immerse yourself into the living collections that surround you. You won’t miss any WOW or LOL moments with their live texting features. Wireless internet is available at the Aquarium free of charge. You can browse the internet with your Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones, tablets and other devices.


Collection highlight

The giant pirate ship is a huge hit for must kids!


Accessibility

We offer discounted tickets to active duty and retired military personnel at the door. However, your entire group can receive the discounted rate by purchasing tickets through a military base.

AAA members may also receive a discount when purchasing tickets directly from any Northern California AAA office. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is unable to sell AAA discounts at the gate.

We offer our “two days for the price of one” ticketing program through participating hotels. You may also purchase discounted tickets to the Aquarium plus four more top San Francisco attractions with CityPASS. Additionally, companies sometimes provide discounted tickets to their employees. These special rates are not available through the Aquarium itself, but must be purchased directly from these institutions. We also extend a discount to groups of 12 or more when paying together with an advance reservation.

The Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to the disabled. Wheelchairs are available free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk inside the Main Entrance. Learn more about our accessibility options

Accreditation

None noted

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And by all means, GIVE back to the museum to help support the animals.