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2019 MUSE Award Winners

AR, VR, and Mixed Reality

Gold
René Magritte: The Fifth Season Interpretive Gallery
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

“Absolutely incredible, a very playful exhibit that engages visitors. The experience feels very original, yet ties in the history and story of the artist.”

Silver
Claude Monet – The Water Lily Obsession
Lucid Realities

Bronze
Tomb 7, the Chamber of Ancestors Digital and Interactive Experience
by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Honoree
Awaken Exhibition
University of Melbourne

Digital Campaign

Gold
“look at this absolute unit.”
The Museum of English Rural Life

“The clarity of focus came as a complete surprise – they simply had no idea how their inspiration content – a single archival photograph of an Exmoor Horn aged ram, captioned ‘look at this absolute unit’ would have such tremendous impact! Humor propelled the campaign in a quiet, but compelling way – subsequent tweets, such as ‘Can everyone please stop retweeting our absolute unit please our social media person only has an old samsung s5 and it is melting, thank you’. It can be hoped that this will encourage institutions to have fun with visitors and let them have fun with you. Once again they prove that “where there’s a wool there’s a way.”

Silver
Seeing the Barnes Campaign
The Barnes Foundation

Bronze
#WearingMemories
The Museum at FIT

Enterprise Technology

Gold
The Getty Docent Website
J. Paul Getty Museum

“The Getty has incorporated new technologies into what has long been a traditional museum function, docent tours. Their docent mobile responsive website provides a robust and full-featured platform for training, scheduling and assisting docents in all of their various activities.”

Silver
Curio Interactive Object Labels
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Curio Publisher

Bronze
Protecting Collections in a Visitor-Centered Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts

Mobile Experience

Gold
Hirshhorn Eye
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Smithsonian Institution

“Very impressive. Really hits the brief delivering context-specific content in a novel and frictionless way.”

Silver
The Teen Audio Guide
Art Institute of Chicago

Bronze
Riddle Mia This: An Escape Room Experience
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Honoree
Sensory Friendly
Shedd Aquarium, Infiniteach

Online Experience

Gold
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

“Awed by the amount and quality of content produced for this project. The thoughtful use of original content accompanied by rich resources demonstrates digital operation at its best. The data visualizations added depth and meaning, allowing the viewer to dig deeper into the context in a nontextual form. The site functioned flawlessly and quickly across all devices, and was built with accessibility best practices in mind. Furthermore, the lightweight IIIF viewer that was developed and released for this project pulled in an impressive breadth of archival content and highlights a commitment to open-source values.”

Silver
Asia Art Archive
Keepthinking

Honoree
Húy̓at: Our Voices Our Land
Heiltsuk Cultural Education Center Heiltsuk

Onsite Digital Experience

Gold
ANiMAL – Art Science Nature Society
National Palace Museum

“ANiMAL interweaves animal-related issues and narratives throughout the ages through the lenses of art, science, nature, and society, telling a compelling story about our partners on this planet—animals. Jurors called ANiMAL ‘adventurous in its use of new technology in the gallery,’ ‘exciting,’ and ‘an exhibition that has successfully and playfully integrated the best of digital museum experiences.’”

Silver
Tea Table
Detroit Institute of Arts

Big Burn Exhibit
Idaho State Historical Society

Bronze
MUSIC: You are the Orchestra
Corporación Parque Explora

Honoree
Fabric in Fashion Projection Mapping
The Museum at FIT

Laugh Battle Exhibit
National Comedy Center

Podcasts

Gold
Beyond the Paint: Contemporary Muslim Fashions
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

“’Authenticity’ is an often overused term when speaking about podcasts; this show strips the quotations from the word. We commend the decision to literally hand the mic over to teens and empower them to create the show they wanted to hear.”

Silver
Raw Material: an arts + culture podcast from SFMOMA Season 4: Luvvers
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Bronze
A Daughter’s Voice
Clyfford Still Museum

Honoree
Into the Anthropocene: Our Impact on Earth
Art Gallery of Ontario

How To Be American
Tenement Museum

Research and Innovation

Gold
Facial Recognition Personalization Software
National Soccer Hall of Fame

“Through the innovative use of facial recognition and gaze detection technology to deliver a unique user experience, this project provided a novel approach to delivering personalized content. The system broaches the next frontier of seamless interaction with content by removing many of the physical barriers often associated with usability while providing opportunities for meaningful, curated learning.”

Silver
H-E-B Body Adventure, Powered by University Health System
Witte Museum

Bronze
Advancing Open Access: Tools and Protocols for Best Practice
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Video, Film, Animation, and Live Media or Digital Performances

Gold
Getty Unshuttered
J. Paul Getty Museum

“Getty Unshuttered is an extraordinary educational resource and social platform, harnessing the desire of today’s youth to express their unique voice, and equipping them with the tools to grow in their artistic ability and create community in the process. The rich content and engaging experience spans across a diverse set of platforms from web, mobile, to in person immersive installations. The judges agreed that this is a really innovative project, using the museum as an educational and social incubator, a launch pad for young artists.”

Silver
Musical Landscapes
Corporación Parque Explora

Bronze
YouTube Channel
By the Corning Museum of Glass

Honoree
The Wonder Sound: A World Unfolding
The New Children’s Museum

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