Smart Museum: Initial Exploration of Possibilities

Location: Tallinn University and one of the partner museums (KUMU, Estonian Maritime Museum, Estonian History Museum)

Keywords: Smart museum, cultural heritage, embedded technology, human-computer interaction, ethnography

Profile of students: Psychology and behavioural science, sociology, human-computer interaction, graphical design, applied informatics


The main goal of the project is to create an extensive cultural heritage infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable innovative and widespread uses of physically available and digital cultural heritage.

The Smart Museum will mediate extensive interactions with cultural heritage among exhibition curators, intellectuals, and visitors, and will enable individual contributions and modifications to the digital representation of the exhibits. Instead of being limited to screens, the museum environment itself will become the interface supporting a range of novel interaction opportunities.


Technology wise the Smart Museum will include sensors, tags, and audio-visual equipment. Additionally, there will be structures for analysing and influencing events and context.

This particular ELU will focus on an initial exploration of possibilities for augmenting the museum experience with technology.

Foreseen outcomes: Reports on observations, scenario descriptions, possible sketches and storyboards.

Timeframe: Autumn semester 2016

Project coordinator(s):

Ilja Šmorgun

Sonia Sousa

School of Digital Technologies, HCI@TLU group

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