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2019 MUSE Award Winners

AR, VR, and Mixed Reality

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.”

Claude Monet – The Water Lily Obsession
Lucid Realities

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

Awaken Exhibition
University of Melbourne

Digital Campaign

“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.”

Seeing the Barnes Campaign
The Barnes Foundation

The Museum at FIT

Enterprise Technology

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.”

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

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

Mobile Experience

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.”

The Teen Audio Guide
Art Institute of Chicago

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

Sensory Friendly
Shedd Aquarium, Infiniteach

Online Experience

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.”

Asia Art Archive

Húy̓at: Our Voices Our Land
Heiltsuk Cultural Education Center Heiltsuk

Onsite Digital Experience

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.’”

Tea Table
Detroit Institute of Arts

Big Burn Exhibit
Idaho State Historical Society

MUSIC: You are the Orchestra
Corporación Parque Explora

Fabric in Fashion Projection Mapping
The Museum at FIT

Laugh Battle Exhibit
National Comedy Center


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.”

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

A Daughter’s Voice
Clyfford Still Museum

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

How To Be American
Tenement Museum

Research and Innovation

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.”

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

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

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

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.”

Musical Landscapes
Corporación Parque Explora

YouTube Channel
By the Corning Museum of Glass

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

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