Joe McKendrick / June 1 2010
A new report [http://tinyurl.com/29u4ng4] suggests that museums are also becoming part of the mobile revolution — yes, if you want to visit the Museum of London without flying all the way to Heathrow Airport, there’s an app for that. [snip]
“The museum of London has launched an iPhone application which brings its extensive art and photographic collections alive in advance of the opening of spectacular new galleries next week. The free app, called “StreetMuseum [http://tinyurl.com/36s4bxk] ,” takes users to various sites in London where, via their iPhone screen, historical images of the city appear. Over 200 sites have been selected where users can look through their iPhones and see the past emerge.”
Now you may ask why someone would be inclined to squint at images on a mobile device, versus using a standard laptop or desktop computer. The advantage of a handheld museum is that users could access photos and details of historic buildings or locations while they are physically at the subject of their curiosity.[snip]
What’s really neat is you can superimpose older images over a current shot of a streetscape or building — [snip].
The Museum of London is showing some great innovation in expanding its knowledge beyond the walls of the actual museum itself. As the report says, “Forward-thinking museums, libraries, archives, and universities will embrace placing interactive tools in the hands (literally) of everyone from history buffs to tourists walking through an unfamiliar city.”