On July 2, 2009, MoMA's twitter (@MuseumModernArt) asked the question, "What features would you like to see in an iPhone app for a specific museum?"
The following are the twitter responses to that question. (A categorized version of this list is also available)
mukei @MuseumModernArt Audio/Graph explaination, Installation interact., path tracking w/in mus, if pic->share by wifi->display screen at entrance
WendyE40 @MuseumModernArt downloadable tours either preset by museum (nonstandard ie botanical thru collection) or info on any piece w/key in
boogielib @MuseumModernArt app like "Love Art National Gallery"
frithastrand @MuseumModernArt artist quotes and facts - i want to learn! techniques and tips would be cool too! thanks
GettyMuseum @MuseumModernArt Are you designing iPhone app for MoMA? On collection?
inthegan @MuseumModernArt ...visuals
kfleisch @MuseumModernArt an inventory app or an app where you could draw funny faces, add to paintings
krockstar @MuseumModernArt @CNN I'd love to see a brief synopsis of how the work can be interpreted
hsginct @MuseumModernArt Let me see info about specific pieces by entering some identifier
vlights @MuseumModernArt Ability to pay for museum shows and book seats for lectures and other activities.
postsilence @MuseumModernArt an app that asks specific, open Q's to the user based on what work they're looking at? responses can be seen by all users?
catchthenoise @MuseumModernArt Quick access to the day's special events--movies, lectures, concerts, etc.
blainestar @MuseumModernArt major works of the permanent collection w/ history/analysis, artist info & works in collection, & special exhibit features
justinph @MuseumModernArt What @bywaman said. We need to make a public museum tuner (like Public Radio Tuner).
bwyman @MuseumModernArt I wouldn't want it for a specific museum. I'd want an app that'd work in *any* museum that's providing content.
Bauhaus2YrHouse @MuseumModernArt Context like, "and here's what arch, lit, fashion, polictics, etc." looked like at the time. Shock of new becomes vivid!
claydonyc @MuseumModernArt ability to buy and bypass ques, notification of new shows and ability to virtually 'walk through' permanent exhibits
neoshamanicart @MuseumModernArt A pandora-like application where u can search a database of artists @ the musuem and cross reference w/ influential artists
emilbeckwilcox @MuseumModernArt digital guest book that could be displayed twitterfall style in gallery, constantly updating
Bauhaus2YrHouse @MuseumModernArt Didactic lables offer so much already! Sometimes, too much. But what has given me real ah-ha's is timeline context.
emilbeckwilcox @MuseumModernArt dwnld bibliography for further research, videos of artists talking about works
michael1952 @MuseumModernArt for great iPhone apps 4 art check out UK Tate Media's work for their Contrutivism & Futurism shows.....EXCELLENT
grabgirl @MuseumModernArt Omg! An art app would be awesome! Searching by category or theme would be great! I'm an art teacher, would help w/plannin
joshkc @MuseumModernArt recorded tour guides. Updated maps. Cafe schedules. Theatre showtimes. Where & how2 find more of what you specifically like
mcmvanbree @museummodernart GPS enabled floor plan!
soysaucyy @MuseumModernArt - app that brings you on a scavenger hunt through the museum!
peterknox @MuseumModernArt floor maps, audio clips, event listings, guest sign ins, discount alerts, email ready invites, itinerary check lists.
LaBazzica @MuseumModernArt exhibition/event schedule, virtual galleries, app-specific works, basic info
goodluckpaige @MuseumModernArt latest exhibits and special rates! oh, and a contest where i can win a free trip to new york. deal.
slicknik25 @MuseumModernArt usual general info (hrs, events, special exhibits, etc), film calendar, news, updates about the line
nicolevml @MuseumModernArt usual general info (hrs, events, special exhibits, etc), film calendar, news, updates about the line
RumbleART @MuseumModernArt We're designing an app as well! Definitely a calendar of events, and teaser images from various exhibitions.
skyekat @MuseumModernArt Your audio commentary is great, but also interactive info on the items on display would be great, with links to more info
wagnerinstitute @MuseumModernArt artist bios, and other works by the artist in the collection or not in the collection
olovsu @MuseumModernArt geo tagging for art/design/architecture city walks
GrtGrndLdr @MuseumModernArt possibility to see all of the general exhibition on app. History of featured artists.
scotsullivan @MuseumModernArt QR code - behind the scenes info.. typographic risks, general design risks..
jennbarnett @MuseumModernArt hours, directions, info on current special exhibits, notices of any exhibits/areas that might be closed that day, tickets
apbrenn @MuseumModernArt Floor plans and exhibition dates with alerts would be fantastic.
jonrendell @MuseumModernArt WANTS re: Museum app - List of podcasts for download to tour various exhibits.
shadow @MuseumModernArt it depends which museum; I loosely tossed around what I'd want in an @MattressFactory iPhone app but no time to write one.
LLJessR @MuseumModernArt maps of the museum, stream audio tours....
BStephenson @MuseumModernArt Also, if your iPhone app can make fart sounds and also be a flashlight, that would be killer!
emilbeckwilcox @MuseumModernArt gps map of galleries, option to tag favorite pieces and view other visitors faves, dwnld music to correspond with art
hummingbirdx @MuseumModernArt tabs for: current exhibits, movies, special events - each item clickable for further detail. And tab for flagged items
ofbondstreet @MuseumModernArt a map to find your favorite artists in the different galleries
MataHariMeow @MuseumModernArt User comments for individual pieces. Easy # access for looking up art works, similar works we may find interesting.
antennaaudio @MuseumModernArt ...One answer? Check out AntennaAudio's beautiful new app #Pentimento. Been a great success thus far!
TheUnknownChef @MuseumModernArt to be able to browse a current exhibit
floodfish @MuseumModernArt Come to think of it, that could be the same app for many museums! They'd just have to be using the same schema.
floodfish @MuseumModernArt Use GPS/compass to show my location on floorplan and which art I'm standing near, click on art for text/audio/etc about it
bailart @MuseumModernArt ....Calender of events, works of art they are displaying
irasocol @NYHistory @MuseumModernArt 1st, not just iPhone. Build cross platform-be less elitist. 2nd, for MOMA? Free admission app
ryan_whitehead @MuseumModernArt social element is key!
ryan_whitehead @MuseumModernArt guide to "related" works in the museum & other museums, "timeline" linking to non-art events, virtual "commenting", etc.
KimVallee @MuseumModernArt I would like to have easy access to the schedule of the current exhibits. Even reserve/buy my tickets 4 tours on my iPhone
nytbw @MuseumModernArt gallery guides & upcoming events. being able to browse through your collection via iPhone would also be cool.
sandman_gr @MuseumModernArt news feeds for current shows, updated info on admission hours/ticket pricing, info on queueing, display of the day feature
kjhin @MuseumModernArt I think the schedules, introductions and the last day alert of exhibitions and events should be the #1 for the iPhone app.
MaxwellKnubee @MuseumModernArt high quality pics of featured artist, and house collection w/ descriptions
morgst @MuseumModernArt 1) an app could give you information on an object you are looking at, or suggest resources on it. 2) a site specific game.
CarlNYC @MuseumModernArt and I should be able to enter audio guide numbers while in the museum to listen through my headphones
TaraLSF @MuseumModernArt with map & audio tour, option to submit order for materials related to artist or work, then pick up in museum store
CarlNYC @MuseumModernArt something that describes upcoming exhibits and gives member preview dates
SarahM @MuseumModernArt Easy ways to look up Wikipedia and other relevant write-ups on the individual works of art, the collections, the bldg, etc.
sampocker @MuseumModernArt stun gun.
richaviles @MuseumModernArt Virtual tour, ticket purchasing, new exhibit notification, trivia, ability to interact with a display at the museum
BStephenson @MuseumModernArt Would be great if the museum iPhone app could scan an item, bring up info AND bring up related objects at other museums.
mcmvanbree @MuseumModernArt audio tour; Yelp-like reviews of museum + exhibitions, buying tickets (skip the line!); buying books; links to info on art
TaraLSF @MuseumModernArt maps with geo locating, audio tours based on specific location & route thru museum
troyrhoades @MuseumModernArt I would like to see a catalogue of the permanent collection with info, exhibition statements, special announcements, etc
creativerachel @MuseumModernArt interactive audio tours
oceana_roll @MuseumModernArt info about artwork and artists.