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Metropolitan Museum of Art: MetKids

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), one of the largest and potentially most overwhelming museums in the U.S., has created MetKids to help young users navigate the Met. The site, which was constructed with input from kids, is designed to be both an online experience and a guide to the physical museum. An exciting feature of the MetKids site is the Map, which is reminiscent of the "Where's Waldo?" illustrations. When using the Map, kids can click on red and yellow markers to access information about artifacts that are located all over the museum. There is also a Time Machine where users can filter by time period, geography, or "big ideas" to discover relevant collection items. Once a piece has been located using either of these tools and is selected, the site displays a longer page that locates the item in the museum and offers the following interactive choices: Watch, Listen, Discover, Imagine, and Create. For example, the page for Jackson Pollack's Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), lets users know that Pollack created the painting in 1950 and that it is housed in Modern and Contemporary Art area, Gallery, 918. The Watch feature includes a 3-minute video of 11-year-old contributor Charlotte and a Met curator discussing the painting. The Listen feature is a short audio-only caption that describes the painting and its notable features. Discover suggests ways of looking at the painting, while the Imagine and Create features present ideas for kids to make their own "drip and splash" Pollack-style paintings.
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2019-08-23
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