Website for museums
After allowing access to practical information (timetables, prices, online reservations and temporary exhibitions) and to the museum's basic institutional communication, the websites are now turning into real platforms for participatory cultural mediation.
The arrival of more intuitive and immersive websites, and above all, that allow access to all of the collections in digital version is revolutionising access to culture and empowering the user.
Our digital agency has developed a great expertise in the field of Culture. We work with many institutions in Geneva and Switzerland (including the MAH - Museum of Art and History, the MEG - Museum of Ethnography but also the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Cie Fabienne Berger).
Many features make exploring collections fun and lively (advanced search engine, zoom tool, contextual navigation, uploading images and documents, etc.) but also providing a personalised experience for users (favorites, creation of public galleries, sharing of works on social networks, etc.)
Bring the museum to life
Produce content (videos, audios, analyses, testimonials, etc.) so that visitors can prepare their visit beforehand, but also come and find additional information after the visit on works or artists that they liked. The website serves as a link between the different visits by integrating market dimensions (ticket purchases, online store) and non-market dimensions (newsletters, virtual visit of the museum, specialised files, games, etc.).
Provide access to knowledge
This accessibility dimension is even more essential today with the health crisis and repeated closures. Opening the doors to museums and allowing everyone to discover treasures from their sofa makes perfect sense. The online collections also make it possible to highlight all the unexposed works and the archives. An unlimited source of knowledge available to Internet users, researchers, teachers and art and history lovers.
Create a link with your community
The website makes it possible to create interactions with members of the community by offering fun and educational content: virtual exhibitions, events, games, online quizzes, campaigns on social networks, etc.
Offer a real virtual visit experience
Multiple tools make it possible to create an immersive and personalised experience for each visitor. Depending on his desire, the visitor can dynamically discover the works in their smallest details, co-construct certain elements, get lost behind the scenes, create his own gallery, share his favorite works, etc.
An advanced search engine
Provide a solution that simultaneously facilitates a simple search for amateurs, while offering academics a sufficiently developed tool to carry out detailed research on specific criteria.
Color searches are also possible thanks to the display of dominant colors and the indexing of works.
Allow navigation between works by following several entry points (gallery, search result, list of an author's works, basket, etc.).
A personalised experience
Reinforce interactivity by the possibility of creating your own gallery with bookmarking that allows you to share your favorite works with other enthusiasts by publishing it on the site, ordering your HD images or even downloading your selection in pdf format.
A zoom tool
Discover the works in great detail thanks to a powerful zoom, coupled with an IFF server.
Allow the public to explore the works of arts of the MAH in great detail!
The Geneva Museums of Art and History bring together multidisciplinary collections including paintings, sculptures, prints, books, historical and archaeological objects, covering the major stages in the history of Western art, from Prehistory to the contemporary period. Today, the MAH collection can boast of presenting six major areas of specialty: Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Archeology, Applied Arts, Library of Art and Archeology and Watchmaking, Enamelling, Jewelery and Miniatures.
Inovae has put its Drupal expertise at the service of the new MAH collections site, online since the start of 2020. Both for amateurs and specialists, the site allows visitors to discover more than 64,000 works through thematic galleries.
Multiple features such as contextualised navigation, an advanced search tool, a zoom tool, the possibility of creating public galleries or even bookmarking ... allow the public to explore the collections in great detail!
Democratise access to culture with an easy-to-use site
Made up of donations, bequests and deposits accumulated over more than two centuries, the collection of the Museum of Art and History reflects Geneva's taste and its history. The objective of the project was to focus on the accessibility of these works so that everyone can contemplate them from their living room.
Not only would the site bring out of the shadows all the works not exhibited at the museum, but above all, this platform would erase borders and allow the consultation of thousands of works all over the world.
In parallel with this global vision, the challenge was to build the most efficient and complete solution that would allow users to live a unique and interactive experience.
An advanced search engine
The site is focused on a dynamic that both facilitates a simple search for works for amateurs, while offering academics a sufficiently developed tool to conduct detailed research on specific criteria. Navigation between works is possible by following several entry points (gallery, search result, basket, etc.).
A personalised experience
And interactivity is reinforced by the possibility of creating your own gallery with a bookmark that allows you to share your favorite works with other persons by publishing it on the site, ordering your HD images or even downloading your selection in pdf format.
Solutions and technologies
Organise, reference and provide access to thousands of works
The technology chosen for this project was the open-source Drupal CMS. The 64,639 works of art of the MAH (and this number continues to increase!) were pushed into the database of the Drupal site using JSON: API by the IT services of the city of Geneva. The challenge is to organise the data structure in Drupal to match the data scanned in the internal Museum + software.
Many features have been developed by Inovae to meet the specific needs of this project:
- an advanced search engine based on ElasticSearch fine-tuned to deliver relevant search results.
- a zoom tool coupled with an IFF server.
- a contextualized navigation allowing to navigate in a group of works according to the entry point (search, gallery, list of works of an author, etc ...).
- bookmarking and the ability to create public galleries for anonymous users.
- an indexing and searching by color: when you are on the page of a work, the dominant colors are displayed and are linked to the search results page.
- the possibility of generating a pdf export of each content of the site (work, author, gallery, selection, search result).
Digital agency based in Geneva and working throughout Switzerland, Inovae is an expert in websites development, intranets and collaborative platforms.