Gaming in Art Museums:
Different Experiences for Meaningful Connections
Art museums are uniquely positioned to share the treasures and wonders of world histories and stories with the public. Yet the ability to read art and derive meaning from isn’t always a skill that museum visitors have intrinsically. Sometimes looking at art and understanding it can be an intimidating activity. Is it possible to help facilitate new experiences with art to promote visitor engagement? By integrating educational and gaming theories with visitor engagement practices, this study explores and analyzes methods of planning and designing for gaming experiences in art museums. In conjunction with my research, I play-tested a collaborative storytelling game named, Retold. The game featured artworks from PAFAs permanent collection, and encouraged new interpretations of the art provided.