The paper will examine various ways in which a museum can develop compelling
online exhibitions. The paper describes a novel manner of looking at
museum exhibitions that can lead to the next generation of online exhibition
design, based on the premises that an effective exhibition:
- is not an encyclopedia; it is a choreography of sight, sound,
- is alive and encourages exploration; it responds differently
to different viewers. If a visitor does not interact with the material,
the exhibition acts autonomously to bring an array of images and
sounds to the viewer's attention. If the visitor explores, the exhibition
- is dynamic. The very act of viewing the exhibition changes what
is on display. Each time a person visits, he or she has a different
- is communal. In the same way that a physical exhibition is a
public experience, an effective online exhibition builds community.
Visitors know that others are taking part in the exhibition and
can choose to interact. These communications become part of the
exhibition as it develops a life of its own.
- is a seamless environment that encourages exploration at a number
of levels: visually, aurally, intellectually, and emotionally.
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