It is not difficult to see how digital technology will revolutionize the concept of museum.
More virtual museums are being created :
Also, a few interesting on-line galleries :
This project in Cleveland seems to be giving a good idea of what the museum of the future could look like.
Having said that, most major museums are late to the digital revolution. The internet of things as well as the emergence of augmented reality should have obvious applications in the field of museology. We have smart grids, smart homes, smart bins monitoring our quantified self. The first mobiles able to recognize bar codes date from 1994 (in Japan). Should there be already intelligent museums ?
I share the opinion of Fusion Analytics on the fact that Museums should already be using mobile technology.
To this day, most major museums are slow to develop those mobile tools. Unless you count the old-fashioned audio guides ? The private sector is starting to fill the gap : see this app by walkappabout.
The new 3D replication technologies may also offer interesting perspectives to the museum of the future : check this article.
In the integration between virtual and physical, the museum of the future could become a simple brand : the physical place where the original object lies. It would be technically identical at the molecular level to its multiple copies arising from a virtual object which can be reproduced at will using 3D printing technology.
Museums could use the tools at their disposal in order to improve the interactivity with objects. For a child, exhibition rooms of a large museum can be daunting, The objects are sitting behind glass cases and cannot be touched or manipulated. An app could complement a museum visit by allowing the child to play with the object at will. The visit would become more active, stimulating and playful. This is such an app that we have tried to develop.