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These sites or apps excel in presenting and interpreting museum collections and themes, providing a rich and meaningful digital experience. They may be a section of a larger museum Web site or be a collaborative project among institutions and/or individuals and communities associated with museums. Entirely virtual museums are eligible to participate in this category as are exhibitions of Web art and other "born digital" collections. Quality characteristics include: * Effective use of multiple media formats * Innovative ways of complementing physical exhibitions or providing surrogates for physical experiences in online only exhibitions * New ways of representing museum processes and structures * Imaginative audience participation and engagement of different categories of 'visitors' last updated: January 2011

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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This website attempts to comprehensively complement the experience of the physical exhibition, "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights." The exhibition and its companion website explore the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s. It array of objects and clips from television and film examines the extent to which the rise of the modern civil rights movement paralleled the birth of television and the popularity of picture magazines and other forms of visual mass media. It looks at a diverse range of images and subject matter—from the startling footage of southern white aggression and black suffering that appeared night after night on television news programs to the photographs of achievers and martyrs in black periodicals.

Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship

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Home page from "Laura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship" A rare artifact, the journal of a young girl on a 19th century whaling voyage, acts as the centerpiece and entryway for this exhibition on the history of American whaling. Aimed at an audience of families and children, the website provides content in several ways, allowing visitors to explore the topic through narrative stories, and interactive features. They can delve more deeply into the topic by viewing and zooming in on artifacts and photos, discovering the roles of a whaleship’s crewmembers, reading biographies and essays and browsing a glossary. Images and artifacts from many institutions and individuals illustrate the content throughout the site. Lesson plans are included, as well as a bibliography.

NIPPON-multimedia

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NIPPON-multimedia (www.nipponlugano.ch) has been developed as support to the diffusion and understanding of the four exhibitions and numerous events through the culture of Japan, taking place in Lugano (Switzerland) from October 2010 to February 2011. NIPPON-multimedia is the result of a highly innovative approach by TEC-Lab (Technology Enhanced Communication LABoratory – Faculty of Communication Science), Università della Svizzera italiana, (Switzerland) based on the technology, 1001stories, developed at HOC-LAB, Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

The Lost World of Old Europe

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The exhibition "The Lost World of Old Europe" was one of the most important exhibitions for 2010. Its website contributed greatly to the success of the Exhibition, which, afterwards traveled to 2 of the most prestigeous European Museums - The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and Museum of Cycladic Art. The wealth of information on the website, the great design and the interactive features made me nominate it as the best website of an exhibition during 2010.

Stylus: A Project by Ann Hamilton

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Stylus Home Page: Animated backgrounds load randomly from a repository of videos as you enter the site.

Stylus Home Page: Animated backgrounds load randomly from a repository of videos as you enter the site.

In the Pulitzer's short history, Ann Hamilton's stylus breaks new ground in so many ways: it is the first commissioned installation in the building and the first multi-sensory exploration of Tadao Ando's architecture.

A History of the World

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A History of the World object page (Swimming reindeer)A History of the World object page (Swimming reindeer).

At heart, the A History of the World website features the objects from the British Museum in the  100-part radio series A History of the World in 100 objects, narrated by Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between January and October 2010. With access to the audio, zoomable annotated images, video, and background information, the site supported engagement with the series online. However, it also features around 1700 objects uploaded to the site by 551 museums/historic sites and 4,000 objects uploaded by members of the public during the course of the project.

Teylers Universe: the Oval Room 1784

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The purpose of this website is to establish digital cross-references between the various collections of Teylers Museum, the first and oldest museum of the Netherlands (founded in 1784). By wandering through the museum's stories, you can trace the relationships between the collections, the historic building, and all manner of visitors and leading figures. These are stories about

600 Million Years

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Complex scientific information is presented in an engaging and accessible manner, using a variety of approaches, including:

MNAF Museum National Alinari of Photography

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The Region of Tuscany, with its Stamperia Braille in Florence, has agreed to collaborate with the Alinari Foundation in the installation of a specialized exhibition in the Alinari National Museum of Photography to make the works accessible to the visually and physically disabled.  The installation involves the creation of relief interpretations of some of the photographs on exhibition in the Museum.  This exhibit allows the blind to learn about the principle phases in the history of photography but above all to understand some masterpieces of photography through touch.