Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Arts Education : Thyssen Museum apps, discover the museum in your hands

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum apps

“El arte pone a prueba la tecnología y la tecnología inspira al arte” 

John Lasseter

Let's speak about Arts in Education and Museums. Here a new tool ! A cultural app for students and teachers.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum enables people to explore the art collection and galleries of the musem by using the app. The museum launched its new free app some time ago. 


This is a free application for mobiles that offers us a practical calendar of exhibitions and events at the museum. 

screenshot Museum Thyssen

It provides detailed information about the works of art on display. The app also includes thematic route suggestions allowing us to get to know the museum through a special selection of paintings.

screenshot Museum Thyssen

It is also ideal for those of us who want to prepare our visit in advance. If you are connected to the Internet the app allows us to buy tickets and access other great services such as our online shop, all from your mobile phone.

This is an optimised version of the museum’s web content thanks to the agreement signed in January 2013 between the Museum and the Fundacion BBVA to develop a Programme of applications, digital publications and educative knowledge of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

screenshot Museum Thyssen

The app introduces us to hand-picked and beautiful collections from Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza allows students and teachers to explore them.

Discover what the museum has on offer for mobile device. Take a look at museum activity and collection-related content, all specially designed for smartphones, tablets and electronic books. 

The app includes information about the museum, educational projects and research publications and will appeal to a wide range of audiences. 

credits: Thyssen Museum


The Thyssen app can be download for free:

screenshot Thyssen Museum


My usual readers know that I love art and think education is incomplete without arts and music. So every time I found a theme or a digital resource to enhance school curriculum, I write about it.
Thyssen Museum enables students and teachers to explore the museum collections. 

It promotes discoveryering in bilingual space where we can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of a cultural space. A museum.

credits: Thyssen Museum

Teachers and students can discover all the beautiful artworks. Ask your students to start their searching of the collections by downloading the app.

View the museum from a different angle with just a single click. Prepare your visit or learn about the best works of art with our apps.

screenshot Second Canvas Thyssen

Last 30 November, Thyssen Museum launched the educational app Second Canvas Thyssen. A tool for getting closer to the secrets of Thyssen-Bornemisza museum and discover their impressive masterpieces in super high resolution, like never before. 

Let's students e
xplore, interact, learn from stories told by Thyssen experts or choose their favorite detail and share it with other students on social media, including the option of hooking it up to their TV screen at home or at school. 

Created by Thyssen-Bornemisza museum and Madpixel, Second Canvas Thyssen the apps allows students to explore 8 masterpieces from the museum’s collection, including Caravaggio, Carpaccio, van Gogh, Kandinsky, with the best quality and resolution. Also including 20 additional pieces in an alternative itinerary that provides context to the masterpieces.

Download from Apple Store or Google Play. The app is free.

Curriculum: Almost all curricula, specially Arts, History, Literature, Languages, Civics, Open Culture.

Levels: All levels (some levels need teachers tutoring)

Free App?

  • Yes, the app is free of charge.


  • English
  • Spanish

Curricula: Cross-curricular specially Arts, History, Literature, Languages, Civics, Open Culture.

Levels: All levels 

Teachers will prepare different activities to the different classes they are teaching.

Some thoughts:

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.

In recent years  museums began 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 and schools personalised learning experiences with a focus on collaboration and 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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