Melbourne Museum has unveiled a new museum iPad application, claimed to be the first of its kind in the world.
The app, 'Please touch the exhibit', aims to change the way people approach artworks through allowing art lovers to experience and explore the galleries and collections of Melbourne Museum and Museum Victoria in a different way, according to Museum Victoria’s director of information, multimedia and technology, Timothy Hart.
“The iPad is a fantastic tool for learning and offers a new and incredibly rich, engaging way for people all around the world to interact with out museum,” Hart said in a statement. “… A glimpse of how new technologies might shape the way we experience museums in the future.”
The app, released as part of Museum Victoria’s tenth birthday, takes users on a virtual tour through 10 Melbourne Museum ‘experiences’, pulling visitors inside glass display cases and allowing them to interact with a variety of museum objects.
“We have so many great stories to tell, and the app’s rich visual content plus its extraordinary range of functionality makes for an entirely new and engaging museum experience,” Museum Victoria’s manager of online development, Jonny Brownbill, said in a statement.
“Please touch is really about encouraging people to have a fresh take on museums and to re-connect with the many treasures we had here at Melbourne Museum.”
Some popular museum experiences include the iconic Phar Lap, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the Forest Gallery.