Think you don’t like museums? Then you’ve probably never gone on a digital scavenger hunt or texted with a curator about the finer points of Picasso’s palette during a museum visit.
With interactive exhibits, customizable apps and cutting-edge technologies, museums are engaging visitors in thrilling and illuminating new ways. “There’s so many different types of technologies that are available to us today,” says January Arnall, who curates the public programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago.
She has seen the power that integrated exhibits have to spark deeper conversations and questions. “Many museums are really educating ourselves as to what these tools can do. We’re also trying to make sure that we’re using technology in a way that’s mission-aligned,” Arnall says.
To engage with a museum trip in a whole new way, start by checking out this list of exhibits across the country that will entice devout technophiles and museum lovers alike.