Ideum Hardware and Software Create New Ways for Museum Visitors to Explore Art

Ideum has worked with celebrated art museums to design innovative interactive experiences for new generations of visitors.

Ideum Hardware and Software Create New Ways for Museum Visitors to Explore Art
Two visitors viewing a digital exhibition element.

by Natalie Pace, Content Development Coordinator February 17th, 2022

At Ideum, we pride ourselves on designing and developing innovative, creative experiences for a wide variety of institutions. Through the course of our work, we have had opportunities to create a broad range of interactive exhibits for art museums. We have had the privilege of working with institutions such as the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and many other institutions.

One of our most recent exhibits in this area has been our collaboration with the National Gallery of Art. Running on an Ideum Drafting touch table, the exhibit was designed as an introductory experience in which visitors unfamiliar with the Gallery’s vast collections could explore a range of curated tours featuring the works on display. Some tours focus on specific artists, such as Vermeer or Rembrandt, while others take visitors through works exemplifying key movements such as Impressionism. Visitors can consult a map of the museum and use associated QR codes to find the artworks in the Gallery’s historic West building.

We were also proud to work with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on a renewal of the America’s Presidents exhibition. Gallery visitors can explore both works on view and items not on display, including many 3D models of artifacts, at three custom interactive kiosks. All information is available in both English and Spanish.

Gallery view of America's Presidents exhibition with Ideum touch screen.

The Ideum team was honored to work with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. At this museum located near the Smithsonian Castle on the Washington Mall, we created an experience introducing visitors to the institution’s collections and highlighting the vibrant world of contemporary African art. The experience also provides information on the continent of Africa, including historical and cultural data providing further context. This exhibit runs on two custom-finished Ideum Platform multitouch tables in the museum’s entrance hall.

People exploring ideum digital touch screen.

Further back, we collaborated with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on the Curate Your Own Exhibition interactive experience. At this exhibit, visitors are invited to create their own virtual gallery by choosing themes, colors, and artworks to feature in their exhibition. Visitors can also share their galleries via email. The experience runs on an Ideum multitouch Drafting Table.

Another interactive experience that allows visitors to create something uniquely their own is the exhibit we created for the Lloyd Kiva New textile exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA). The interactive features both a textile viewer, where visitors can examine textiles created by IAIA students, and a textile creator, where visitors can experiment with colors and patterns to make their own textile artworks.

Girl exploring digital exhibition touch screen.

Ideum also worked with the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to create a custom immersive exhibit highlighting synagogues around the globe. This exhibit lets visitors explore more than 500 synagogues, searching by location, date, and style and learning about history and design while viewing stunning panoramic images on a wall-mounted display. The exhibit’s control console is an Ideum Inline display mounted in a custom wooden cabinet.

Synagogues screen close up view

Our collaboration with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas led to the powerfully immersive Western Design Room. Here, visitors create their own unique works of western-inspired art by using an Ideum touch table to combine colors, patterns, and textures and apply them to items like boots, shirts, and horses. As they do, an array of wall-mounted projectors use their designs to build an ever-changing environment for the space.

Woman and a girl designing boots on a digital touch screen.

Everyone at Ideum is proud to have worked with the thoughtful and creative teams at institutions like these to create such unique and compelling exhibits. We look forward to continuing to work on crafting experiences that immerse visitors in the world of art in the future.