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Technology and the Museum Experience

Over Thanksgiving, I went to The Frick Collection in New York and enjoyed the works of art with the help of a standard audio guide, the kind that has become commonplace in today’s museums. In Arizona earlier this year, I enjoyed a tour of an exhibition at Scottsdale’s Museum of Contemporary Art using my cell phone to learn about certain works of art in the show. Now the New England Aquarium is taking the use of personal devices one step further, as described in the above article. We are well past the days when people debated whether technology-mediated museum viewing was a good or a bad thing. The discussion today appears to be: what sort of technology is best?

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