The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the most popular museums in Boston. It's rich with history, art and plenty of plant life to discover. Unfortunately due to the lack of a labeling system (per Isabella's will) the museum is difficult to navigate and many of her treasures get overlooked.
To enhance this museum experience I tackled these three obstacles:
Lack of accessible information about the artwork
Lack of direction or flow throughout the museum leaves visitors overwhemled and aimless
Visitors enjoy the 19th century feel and wish to keep technology to a minimum
Personalize Your Day
To get help wayfinding, the user can choose a pre-created tour or create their own tour to follow throughout their visit. By creating a tour the user can customize their experience for the duration of their stay and what type of art they want to see.
Navigation at Your Fingertips
The app then guides the user through a demo of the wayfinding function.
Once a user approaches an art piece on their tour the information for the artwork pops up allowing the user to read or listen to the information now, save it for later on their tour (if the piece is very crowded or unavailable), or remove the piece from their tour entirely.
Save Your Memories
After the guest has finished their tour they have the option to save their memories from the tour by sending a raw pdf of the images and info to their email or creating a well-designed coffee table photobook that is sent to them via blurb.com
Photographs that are taken on the trip (photo opportunities prompted in the app) and imagery of the museum break up the sections of the book by room.
The Art You Saw
Each of the sections have a full bleed image of the artwork on one page and the museum description and location on the other page.
The Memories You Made
The final page gives a short conclusive summary of the trip with an image from the end of the tour.