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Museums and the Web

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Dutch Museum of National History


Innovative | Experimental


The site deserves a award in the innovative / experimental category because it is the website of a National Historic Museum that has a collection that only exists online. The website is a portal for information and personal stories. It is semantically connected to a growing network of sites with historic content. Examples are sites from Amsterdam Historic Museum and the Jewish Historic Museum.

To disclose this information the navigational structure is based on:

  • time (a timeline with related conten is visible on every page)
  • place (google maps implementation)
  • persons (you can browse from historic person to person)
  • themes (the thematic words of the museum cluster information)

But that is not all of it. Users can interact in many different ways with the site. You can connect to people you know or stories you find interesting. React on all content. Connect to social media. And most importantly: add your own personal stories to the site. In this way connects national history to your personal history.