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October 28, 2014

Museums Retool for the Digital Age with 3-D and Hi-Def

The New York Times reports on how major museums are redefining themselves for the digital age, embracing new technologies to revolutionize how they present art and objects and interact with visitors.

The article, part of a Times special section on exhibitions and fine arts, examines how institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center are adopting a "digital first" mindset, utilizing social media, smartphones, 3-D scanning, and high-definition projections to create a more immersive experience for modern audiences accustomed to being surrounded by technology.

"You want the way people live their lives to happen in the museum," said Carrie Rebora Barratt, deputy director for collections and administration at the Metropolitan Museum.