Increasingly the role of the museum as a repository of knowledge has been usurped by the internet. How can a static establishment possibly compete with an ever changing, living, network of knowledge that constantly reacts to changes in the knowledge base as created by experts?
One way is to ensure that the learning experience takes on a wholly new scale by increasing just that – scale, something that is lost through our monitors and smartphones.
Certainly the Whales Tohorā exhibition, put together by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that’s currently on a worldwide tour, realises that in allowing kids to interact directly with objects as well as getting a sense of the scale of these vast beasts means that they’ll be more likely to enjoy their visit and so retain the information given to them, and what could be more memorable than climbing inside a real whale’s heart?
The video’s a nice touch of evaluation straight from the kids too: