Future Museum, the joint research project of Fraunhofer IAO and MUSEUM BOOSTER, aims at assisting museums in applying cutting-edge know-how in their strategic planning and to create a network of museum leaders, public authorities, donors and suppliers for the exchange of ideas and collaboration.


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    How can augmented and virtual reality enhance the visitors experience in a meaningful and cost-efficient way?
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    What is the next generation of portable guides for museums and how can guides be personalised for individual visitors?
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    How can museums reach new target markets and how can they generally attract more visitors?
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    How can objects be displayed in a new way? How will the showcase of the future look like?
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    Which interactive elements make sense in a museum setting and how can operations & maintenance be organised efficiently?
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    The face of museums: how can websites, social media and other elements of digital marketing be improved?
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    How can electronic displays enhance the visitor experience in new ways?
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    Which new trends in lighting, air conditioning, humidity control, heating, access control, security and other technical aspects exist?
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    Lessons learned: how should architecture & design of museums reflect shifting expectations by visitors?
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    Preserving cultural assets: challenges and latest technologies

Research Steps

The research will be launched in Decemeber 2019 and will last until November 2021, unless prolonged. In the course of these two years, the concept for the Future Museum Lab will be elaborated.

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  • Preparation for launch
    January - June 2019
  • Identifying challenges

    R&D: Museum challenges today

    R&D: Areas for improvement in museums and cooperation with adjacent sectors

    Network: Establishing an ecosystem of museums, suppliers, research institutes, donors and public authorities

  • Evaluating solutions

    R&D: Possible technological and organisational solutions today & tomorrow

    R&D: Future Museum Index, a self-assessment tool for museums to identify their readiness for the future

    Network: Museum innovation workshops & meetings

  • Planning the future

    R&D: Possible scenarios of a museum of the future

    Network: Museum innovation workshops & meetings