This section is for the presentation of exemplary museum projects in the field of collection. One of the central concerns of European museums regarding collections is the accessibility of objects, whether through visits to physical collections or via digital resources. NEMO believes that collections are at the heart of museums. They help define identities and represent our cultural heritage. The following projects represent the importance of collections and their accessibility in the physical and virtual world. Over the course of 22 weeks NEMO introduced an example of the projects from its publication "Museums' 4 Values - Values 4 Museums" each Tuesday.
The sommerfugleatlas.dk (Butterfly Atlas) project is developed by the Natural History Museum, Aarhus in close collaboration with the privately owned website www.fugleognatur.dk and the public since 2014.
It aims to communicate the importance of scientific collections and motivate the public to learn about scientific collecting and the preservation of specimens. Find out more...
The Österreichischer Museumsbund (Austrian Museums Association) launched this project in 2012 to open up the collections of Austrian museums. On insmuseum.com an object from an Austrian museum carrying the "Österreichisches Museumsgütesiegel" (Austrian seal of excellence in museums) were presented each day. Find out more...
Eight museums in Latvia, among them the Tukums Museum, collaborated in this project. They wanted to make their unique collections of letters written on birch bark more accessible. In 2009 the project started and continues to grow widely. With the help of EU funding research within the project is fostered. It became possible to tell the stories behind the letters, develop different exhibitions and network among the museums.
Since 2009 the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (KMSKA – the Royal Museum of Fine Arts
Antwerp) is closed for major renovation works until the end of 2018. Until it reopens, the museum is exhibiting important parts of its collection at various locations in and around Antwerp and abroad, keeping its collections accessible.
From 2013 until 2015 the State Museum of Tolstoy in Moscow, Russia worked on a participatory project to generate access to their collections. In collaboration with the Yasnaya Polyana Museum near Tula, the international software company, ABBYY, the writer’s great granddaughter Fekla Tolstoy, and 3249 volunteers the project was very successful. Within two years a comprehensive digital collection of Leo Tolstoy's work was created and made accessible.
The National Museum of the Finnish Sámi in Inari, Finland started a collaboration with various museums worldwide. They all have in common that they house indigenous objects in their collections. The museum wanted to bring these objects together, this became true in 2012 and the objects have been on display at different locations for different audiences ever since.