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How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology
Commissioned by the Wyncote Foundation
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The Cooper Hewitt is a museum of historic and contemporary design and is one of 20 entities comprising the Smithsonian Institution. Its multi-year renovation allowed re-thinking of the museum inspired by 21st Century technologies and visitor expectations. Among the museum’s new features is The Pen. Visitors can pick up their pen with an entry ticket and use it at ultra-high-definition tables and screens to find information, manipulate objects from the collection, and draw their own designs. The immersion room allows visitors to surround themselves with wallpaper from the collection, or create their own. The Process Lab provides a space to explore design solutions through hands-on and digital activities. The Pen is returned at the exit, but patrons can explore saved information and their own creations online with a unique web link for their visit. Given the collection’s emphasis, the new Cooper Hewitt will have ample opportunity to explore digital design concepts and to involve visitors in interactive learning and discovery processes.