Museums Truckle to Touchy Tykes, Get ‘Interactive’

Christian Science Monitor writes:

In the era of movies with elaborate special effects and video games with graphics that cause players to marvel at the feeling of being inside the game, its no wonder museums are scrambling to keep up. For many, the answer to a more sophisticated audience and one with, perhaps, a shorter attention span is interactivity and immersion. Science and childrens museums have long trafficked in hands-on, sensory experiences. Now, with improved technology, the experiential exhibit is reaching new heights and turning up in a variety of venues.

After hiccups that led to a three-month delay the downside of high tech Operation Spy opened in September. This month, CSI: The Experience, spun off the popular CBS crime-drama franchise, traveled to the Boston Museum of Science as part of a nationwide tour. Even the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., promises immersive exhibits,” holograms, and actors in place of the traditional presidential museum dioramas.

No wonder why the Museum of the Moving Image‘s video game room and make-your-own-stop-motion-animation-movie exhibitions are our favorites.