The Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England, located in Worcester Massachusetts, it features a collection of over 35,000 pieces, ranging from paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, and new media. The museum was established in 1896, and over the years it has amassed a collection of art spanning across fifty centuries.
The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) acquired a collection of Medieval arms and armor from the Higgins Armory when it closed in 2013. In the fall of 2016, the WAM opened up their temporary Medieval Gallery. Our project is aimed at the study of interactive media used in the gallery and its effectiveness of audience engagement. With the help and guidance of the WAM’s curator of Arms and Armor and Medieval Art, Jeffrey Forgeng, our team will research, compare, and implement interactive media. The data collected from our project will be useful to curators at the WAM in designing future exhibits.