THE MET APP
The following is a letter dated September 2, 2014 from Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, announcing the Met’s new app:
It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of the Met app, a free digital resource that offers an easy way to stay connected with the Museum from anywhere in the world.
With so much to see and do at the Met, we wanted to create a simple yet personalized way to find the art, exhibitions, and events that matter most to you. The app balances beauty with utility, revealing the Museum’s vast collection and activities with just a swipe.
Some of the highlights of the app are themed lists that provide a fresh, often playful perspective on the Met’s collection, the Museum’s popular Artwork of the Day, syndication of our Twitter feed, and a special section just for Members.
The Met app is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and can be downloaded for free from the App Store. I hope that you will find it as elegant as it is useful, and enjoy it both in and away from the Museum.
Thomas P. Campbell
FEATURES OF THE NEW APP
- Listings of current exhibitions and daily events at both the Main Building and The Cloisters
- Ability to purchase Museum admission, Membership, and event tickets
- Recommended must-sees, from artworks to architecture
- Lists of offbeat and family-friendly artworks to spark inspiration
- A special section for Members with upcoming events and opportunities
THE EASIEST WAY TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE MET – WHEREVER YOU ARE
As the Met says,
Swipe freely between events and exhibitions, explore classic highlights, and discover fresh perspectives on the permanent collection. The Met app is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s official mobile app, designed to be simple, delightful, and easy to use over and over.
According to Art Daily,
One of the highlights of the app is a set of themed lists of artworks that provide fresh, often playful, perspectives on the Met’s permanent collection. These include: “Grand Spaces and Hidden Nooks,” “Animals: See One, Be One,” “Hidden in Plain Sight,” “Medieval Love” (for The Cloisters), and “Met-Staches,” which shows works of art with mustachioed subjects. For the more avid users there is also a hidden feature to discover: the Museum’s popular “Artwork of the Day.”
FINE ART AND THE NEW MEDIA
This app is another fine example of the way in which museums have used the tools of the New Media to make Art accessable to everyone.
The Met app was produced by the Metropolitan Museum’s Digital Media Department in collaboration with Instrument, an independent digital creative agency in Portland, Oregon, and with the assistance of staff from across the Museum, in departments including Information Systems & Technology, Education, and Design.
The Museum is now developing a version of The Met app for Android users, and this will launch in 2015.