Appendix A: QR Code Use in Museums and Cultural Institutions

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia

Early adopter of QR codes. Experimented with in Using QR codes in 2008 to provide additional information about exhibits, links to audio, videos, etc, and documented the process on their blog.

The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Introduced QR codes in order to minimize the environmental impact of printing many visitor guides. Codes link to PDF documents, still images and YouTube-hosted video.

Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland Ohio

Used QR codes as part of an advertising campaign promoting the opening of several new galleries. The codes, which ran in print media and on outdoor kiosks and billboards, linked users to an online version of the gallery audio tour.

MIT Museum, Cambridge Massachusetts

Using QR codes to link to extended information on exhibits, such as articles. They have chosen not to provide any explanatory material about the codes, or to format the content for mobile web.

Carinthia Open Air Museum, Carinthia Austria

Uses QR codes in conjunction with a wiki site to provide more information about the buildings and sites around the museum in multiple languages.

  • http://freilichtmuseum-mariasaal.at/ (Accessed on 2011)
  • http://freilichtmuseum-mariasaal.at/wiki/doku.php?id=start_en (Accessed on 2011) (wiki site)

Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge Louisiana

Used QR codes with the exhibit "Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond". Codes were used to both enhance object presentation and to link to the exhibit's Facebook page, allowing visitors to discuss their experiences of Katrina while exploring the exhibit.

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