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Museum game examples

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Science Museum (London)


Launchball: physics game


Rizk: climate change defence game


Thingdom: genetics and evolution sim


OUCH: a missile-command style game about dealing with pain


And an article with background on how it was designed: Museum games: the kids are all right


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Murder at the Met: A game of "clue" to determine the weapon, murderer and scene of the crime



Smithsonian and MIT


Vanished: transmedia treasure hunt for school kids, must use genuine scientific method to solve clues



Smithsonian and the Girl Scouts


Agents of Change: A multi-museum game with the Girl Scouts 100 events, asked kids to "collect the past to save the future"



Wellcome Collection


Memory: a simple card memory game based on pelmanism using images from Wellcome Images

High Society quiz: a multimedia multiple choice quiz built using a quiz engine

Filth Fair: an iOS-based puzzle game to support an exhibition called Dirt.

High Tea: a strategy game based on the 19th-century British opium trade in China, to support an exhibition entitled High Society about drugs

Axon: a fast clicking game about foetal neuron development in support of the Brains exhibition.





Tate Trumps: top trumps with artworks, free iOS game


Race Against Time: platform game inspired by 121 years of modern art, free iOS game


Wondermind: Alice in Wonderland and neuroscience for a younger audience


ARTIST ROOMS: The Game: a collection of mini games based on running an art exhibition



J. Paul Getty Museum


GettyGames:  three casual games with JPGM collection (card memory game, image switched, find details), and puzzles


Art Sets and Art Treasure Hunt on Whyville.net (log in required): Art version of card game Set, and a treasure hunt with JPGM collection


Switch: an on-site mobile gallery game for the Getty Center. Based on the GettyGames game Switch.



Detroit Historical Society (and Eduweb)

Building Detroit: One family, five generations, countless ways to build a city.


Minnesota Zoo and Eduweb

WolfQuest: Live the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park.


USS Constitution Museum  (and Eduweb)

A Sailor's Life for Me! Role-play game about the life of a sailor on Old Ironsides during the War of 1812.


Mount Vernon (and Eduweb)

George Washington's World for Kids - Several 3D games about the life of America's first president.


National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution (and Eduweb)

Design an Air Racer: Design an airplane to win exciting races in the Golden Age of Aviation.

Tuskegee Airmen Flight Leader: Step into the flight suit of a Tuskegee Airmen—America's first black fighter pilot squadron! (Scroll down the page to launch the game.)


Springfield Art Museum

http://arthuntersonline.com, an extremely well-built ARG to keep art from "escaping" and tracking down the escaped portraits. (Ran until July 16th) 



Comments (3)

Martha said

at 4:24 pm on Apr 13, 2011

Please add more, or suggest restructuring, this is just a start!

Susan E Edwards said

at 8:00 pm on Sep 30, 2013

Last month, I gave a presentation at the Serious Play conference about museum games. I created a "10 Years of Museum Games" overview, and it occurred to me that it might be cool and useful to create a timeline showing museum games. What do you think of adding a second page here with games listed out by date? Here's my slideshow, with the overview of 10 years of museum games at beginning: http://www.slideshare.net/jolifanta/what-museums-learn-by-making-games-serious-play-conference-2013

Mia said

at 10:25 am on Oct 1, 2013

That's a great idea!

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