Technology: it is everywhere and constantly changing. Who has time to keep up with it? We realize that it can sometimes be overwhelming, but we also believe in the power of technology to enhance the visitor experience and to help with learning about museum objects. Plus, there are so many ways that QR codes can be used. Not only can they link you up to websites, but they can provide ways to share content on social media sites, present video/audio, send text messages or emails, and even provide additional text about artworks.
To integrate technology with our interpretive efforts, we have been utilizing QR Code technology in our galleries, most recently as part of our The People’s Choice: Celebrating Michener’s Top 25 Exhibition. By scanning the QR codes, you can easily access and share the voting site, as well as post your favorite Michener Art Museum memories. All you need to do this is have a smartphone and a QR Code reader app. This website is a quick and easy resource on which free app would be best for you. Try scanning these codes and see what you find!
In the near future, we will be offering a variety of audio tours for pieces from our permanent collection using QR Codes as well as other great, new activities involving this technology to help create new experiences with our artworks.
So dive in and experience QR codes and their uses! Happy scanning…!
-Sumreen Z Chaudhry, Michener Intern