Published By: Puja Sinha

Ongoing Trends in Museums and Exhibitions across the World

Post-pandemic what has changed in these ancient institutions of art, history and culture?

Museums are no longer in their heyday. Yet, few are thriving while others are on the brink of a gradual demise. How has modernisation positively impacted the galleries? How curators and directors have been able to leverage tech for commercial profits?

Standardisation of Museum Meetups and Gatherings 

Museums certainly are no longer restricted to art and anthropology and have expanded to host social gatherings; a museum is now an avenue for visitors to engage and chat. In fact, museums across the world are willing to allocate spaces for informal and collaborative experiences for the community. Performances and scientific and cultural events often take place inside the premises thereby opening the venues for the wider masses. Many museums are now committed to shedding light on community plights or pledging for causes of worldwide interests such as conservation.

Augmented Reality is being Made Mainstream

Virtual Reality is being permanently integrated to render viewers’ experience with museums more heightened and personal. In this way, museums are becoming more contemporary and relevant to modern urban viewers. With 3D tours, viewers are provided better accessibility to art and exhibits simultaneously instilling within themselves a curiosity and love that beckon them to revisit museums time and again.

Through interactive designs and animations translated into different languages, the world’s esteemed museums have been able to pull a mammoth number of audiences from all walks of life for an immersive screening.

Museums Paving Way for Genealogical Research

Responding to an active interest in family lines and ancestry among patrons and visitors, museums have regained their power by the veracity of their exhibits and truthfulness in preserving history. The spaces are now being frequented for the renewed interest in different histories—a quest for finding the less whitewashed and mainstream truths.

Data Analytics is at the Helm of Making Decisions

Staff members are not flinching away from making data-driven decisions pertaining to activities, growth and sustained development for the museums. This partly has aroused owing to the constant financial struggle that has put most of these cultural spaces on an off footing. Museums are fumbling their way through pitch darkness as real-time data are being concretised for better revenue and engagement. Well, the results might appear to be pure magic, but data analytics sure has monopolised this sector.

Museums have spontaneously responded to the growth of Instagram moments to accommodate younger audiences while retaining a nostalgic appeal for the elder population.