Thursday, December 18, 2014

Arts Education : Museums & Apps

Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris (iPhone, tablet)

screenshot app Musée Arts et Métiers, Paris

Speaking on Arts in Education, here a new tool ! An app for students of Arts.

The Musée des Arts et Métiers has a new app for students of Arts. And for teachers of course.

We can enter at the Museum of Arts et Métiers, in Paris, and one of the first things on view is a strange looking plane perched over a historic staircase. Wonder what it is? Let's see !

Aeroplane 3
screenshot Musée des Arts et Métiers app

Since the 10th December, we can click on a mobile app based on Google Cultural Institute platform and learn about the French inventor and engineer Clement Adler’s 120-year old rival to the Wright Brothers.

Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris (iPhone, tablet)

Some information:

L’application (appli) du Musée des arts et métiers disponible gratuitement sur la plateforme Google Play, permet de suivre en français et en anglais les 8 visites guidées thématiques suivantes :

• Collection Communication
• Collection Énergie
• Collection Instruments scientifiques
• Collection Transports
• Collection Construction
• Collection Matériaux
• Les objets phares

Plus de de 200 objets commentés accompagnés de photos en haute définition et une visite "Les objets phares" audioguidée pour découvrir les collections du musée en toute autonomie.


The Musée of Arts et Métiers is a new app for teachers and students of Arts. We can enjoy an artwork or love the story behind an object. 

Teachers and students can discover all the beautiful artworks at Musée des Arts et Métiers and  follow in "the footsteps of inventors and pioneers of progress and explore a one-of-a-kind repository of scientific and technical knowledge".


More than 250 objects presented with 8 thematic tours : 

  • Highlights of the collection, 
  • Scientific instruments, 
  • Materials, 
  • Energy, 
  • Mechanics, 
  • Construction,
  • Communication and Transport.
Languages :
  • Français
  • English

It's a Free app

Let's watch the video below:

credits video : Google Culture Institute

Other apps of Museums :

There are other interesting and motivating apps from different MuseumsEleven museums and cultural institutions in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Nigeria, have worked with Google engenineers on this pilot project. Their apps are available for free on thGoogle Play store.

screenshot Museo d'Arte Orientale MAO

Portrait of a Man
screenshot Fondazioni Torino Musei GAM

Palazzo Madama (iphone, iPad apps)

Palazzo Madama
screenshot Palazzo Madama

Museo MaGa
screenshot Museo Ma.Ga

In Turin, teachers and students can discover the riches of the near and far East at MAOwonder at the surprising artworks at GAM, and go from the Middle Ages to contemporary photography at Palazzo Madama

But they can discover as well the international street artworks and their authors,brought together by the Emergence Festival

Finally, strolling through MAGA to find out more about the Italian contemporary art scene.

Rijksmuseum Museum (iPhone, tablet apps)
In the Netherlands, learners and educators cavisit the Rijksmuseum van OudhedenIts app explores archaeological treasures from Egypt, Rome, and the Netherlands. 

And what about the history of Nigeria?  We can discover the story of the Amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorate 100 years ago thanks to the Pan-Atlantic University app.

Digital Museum of Nigerian History

This is a chance to follow in the footsteps of artists, inventors and pioneers of art and progress and explore a one-of-a-kind repository of artistic, scientific and technical knowledge.

These mobile apps allow easy sharing with friends. Because Internet access can be a challenge when traveling abroad, we made sure these apps will work when you're offline.

The Internet no longer plays just a minor role in diffusing museum knowledge. It has become a major force, allowing museums to expand and strengthen their reach. 

Museums see digital media as core to their mission of education and inspiring people about art and culture.

screenshot app Musée Arts et Métiers, Paris

Some thoughts :

“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.


In recent years  museums have begun to re-examine what education means for them and there has been a growing emphasis on the importance of all kinds of learning within museums

The world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of art and museums shared by social media. 

Increasing numbers of museums are experimenting with digital learning. This issue of Museum Practice looks at how museums are exploring the potential of digital technology to offers visitors personalised learning experiences with a focus on collaboration an participation

Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background.

Museums in a changing world is recognition that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid. Each may face a unique set of goals, interests and audiences."

Museums  have an a attractive impact in the curriculum. Students love school visits to museums. Students can appreciate there is history all around them.

There is nothing to stop any school enjoying trips to educational historic sites if their pupils will benefit.



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