(tonwelt GmbH, Berlin, Germany)

Keywords: mobileapps, museum4punkt0, audioguidance

Do museums nowadays necessarily have to keep in store mobile digital devices (aka audio guides) in order to inform and educate their visitors? Or are they better off offering mobile applications via the App Store and other online forums? To BYOD, or not to BYOD – that is the question! In my paper I will focus on experiences with educational efforts of museums and archaeological sites in the age of the Museum 4.0. Illustrated audio tours can indeed draw the attention of visitors to details of objects shown or to objects not on display. They can also serve as a means of navigation inside complex architectural structures. In this way multi media guides make sense, and can serve to communicate complex educational concepts. Mobile applications for forums like the App Store as well as social media like Facebook and Twitter can encompass the educational effort. I will present case studies as examples of how to improve educational efforts of archaeological exhibitions with the help of mobile digital devices and the gathering of big data. I will conlude in a comparison of the economic feasibility of audio & multimedia guides and mobile apps today. The audience is invited to share their experience subsequently.

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The subject hits the core of one of the substantial topics the conference is about.

The paper includes case studies of very recent projects, which are worthwhile to be shared with the conference participants.


  1. Das Museum von Babel, Frankfurt, M. 2014
  2. Conference of the Canadian Museum Association, Toronto 2014
  3. Museums & the Web, Chicago 2015
  4. Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung, Wolfenbüttel 2016
  5. Expo Heritage, Istanbul 2017