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Wednesday November 26, 2014

NY Museums Use Technology to Engage Children

English: Front view of the American Museum of ...

English: Front view of the American Museum of Natural History (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More and more NY museums have been incorporating technology into their exhibits for children. According to The New York Times, the American Museum of Natural History has a two week seminar that engages kids by letting them use technology to recreate realistic 3-d models and sea environments to resurrect various prehistoric marine animals. Other museums like the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have followed suit in their incorporation of technology.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created their own “Murder at the Met” game, a smartphone app that children can play and search for the murder of Madame X, from John Singer Sargent‘s painting. In order to solve the mystery, kids must find specific statues and objects throughout the American Wing of the museum. Not all museums agree with the idea to use technology because some parents and families view museum visits as a way to connect with one another.

The New York Times