The Calais Museum of Fine Arts App: An invitation to immerse yourself in their collections!

The Calais museum of Fine Arts, located in the city of Calais, North of France. It offers to its visitors since 2015 an elegant and straightforward app, available in iOS and Android through the stores (at no cost) and ready for visitors. They can explore more than 200 pictures, 5 videos, presenting 76 artists - among them are works of Rodin, Picasso, and Turner (just to name a few).

The app follows the aesthetics of the museum and complements the useful information presented on the website. In addition to this, this versatile app allows visitors to watch and listen to some content inside and outside the museum; moreover, it can be viewed on different mediums, such as a smartphone or also on a tablet/touchpad with others.

In addition to these interactive traits, the app is always in constant evolution, new games are planned to be added in the coming years, but for the moment, the app offers the following features:

 

 

A kid-friendly tour:

Including three learning games, four quizzes and a family-oriented section called "Tell your parents", created specifically to examine the overall family knowledge.

 

An Adult tour:

General topics ranging from the history and general perspective about the uniqueness of the museum's collections, such as a section called "Discovering the Museum", five thematic sub-tours explaining the works inside the museum and another four outside museum tours.

The sub-tour dedicated to expanding the knowledge about the museum's collections includes five tours and are entitled:

  • The bourgeois of Calais
  • Rodin and his contemporaries
    Calais, a seaside town
  • The "modern" body
  • Painting is not just a painting.

The other four outside tours explore the connections between the museum's collections and the works within the city such as :

  • The Notre-Dame Church
  • Belfry and the bourgeois of Calais
  • Hamish Fulton and its works around Calais
  • François Morellet outdoor artworks.

Other features such as "Useful Information" about opening hours, fees and how to access the museum.

An "Agenda" with the city of Calais and a calendar of activities.

Artists' section provides an intro, a portrait, and the biography of the 76 artists covered in the application.

Lastly, the "European project" portion details the framework of the Time and Place in which this application was achieved.

 

 

 

Perhaps one of the most practical characters of this app is that it downloads according to what the users wish to see; any download will only happen when the user requests it - and not the totality of the app content, making it more efficient in terms of space and energy consumption.

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