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URL: http://www.imamuseum.org/
City / Country: Indianapolis, Indiana / USA
Theme: Art
Languages: English
Platforms: Web
Web accessibility: Not specified. W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict.
Mission: "The Indianapolis Museum of Art serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of art, design, and the natural environment. The IMA promotes these interests through the collection, presentation, interpretation and conservation of its artistic, historic, and environmental assets." (http://www.imamuseum.org/connect/mission)
Outstanding characteristics: This website offers collaborative tools to allow users to comment or tag contents.

Maps


http://www.imamuseum.org/connect/buildings-grounds
Pdf museum map.

Exhibitions


Art Collection

http://www.imamuseum.org/explore/galleries
Information about the Art collection is distributed in sections related to artistic movements.
When user visits a section, he first sees an overview and a group of images of each piece in the section. If he clicks on an image, he can see its detailed information.

GOOD PRACTICE Comments
Users can send their comments about the piece.

http://www.imamuseum.org/explore/artwork/368?highlight=194
GOOD PRACTICE Tags added by visitors
Users can see tags added by other visitors, and add their own tag.

Nature Collection

http://www.imamuseum.org/explore/nature
Information about the Nature collection is distributed in sections related to museum gardens.
When user visits a section, he first see an overview and a group of images of each piece in the section. He can click on an image to enlarge it.

Exhibitions

http://www.imamuseum.org/explore/featex
Contains info about past, featured and upcoming exhibitions. Some of the exhibitions can contain related informations and documents, as for instance:

Resources


Educational resources

http://www.imamuseum.org/explore/resources
Contains:

  • Links to some educational web sites developed by IMA.
  • Educational resources for download (pdf).

For Educators

http://www.imamuseum.org/for-educators
The IMA offers resources, many designed to meet Indiana Academic Standards and available free of charge, for learning about our world and the people in it.
Contains Theme tours http://www.imamuseum.org/for-educators/k-12/theme-tours&nbsp (with activities in pdf), lesson plans (pdf and doc).

Online activities


Online activities are included in exhibition websites. They are also available as pdf files at For Educators section (http://www.imamuseum.org/for-educators).

Visit planning


Home calendar

Website home displays a non-interactive calendar with the events of the current day.

Calendar section

http://www.imamuseum.org/calendar/calindex
Contains a calendar of past and upcoming events and exhibitions.

Visit follow-up


No special features to follow-up the visit.

Online community


http://www.imamuseum.org/connect/interact
Contains links to IMA online communities at:

  • ArtBabble
  • IMA Blog
  • Flickr
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Itunes U
  • Videos

GOOD PRACTICE IMA Tags.
http://www.imamuseum.org/connect/tags
Allows user to access IMA collection through tags contributed by IMA visitors. User can also view works of art, and add his own tags to IMA tag cloud.

Mobile features


No features for mobile devices.

Searching & browsing


Browsing behavior based on:

  • A main top menu
  • Two groups of tabbed options that provide a quick access to main contents.
    When user clicks on an option on the main menu, a new group of tabbed options is displayed, with subsections of the section selected.
    Every tab can also contain third and fourth level subsections, which are displayed at the top left (third) and right (fourth level) side of contents area.

Search box appears permanently at the top of every page.
Simple search. Not advanced search. \

User can limit search results.

Site map

http://www.imamuseum.org/menutree
Site index (clickable hierarchical tree)

Subscription


IMA Enews

http://www.imamuseum.org/sites/default/modules/ima/enews/subscribe_form.php
E-mail list

Online transactions


IMA Enews

http://www.imamuseum.org/sites/default/modules/ima/enews/subscribe_form.php
Online form.

Buy tickets

https://tickets.imamuseum.org/default.asp
Sequential form, linked to the global website shopping cart.
User can select the ticket by choosing:

  • An event on a suggestions list
  • A day on the calendar
  • A show/day/hour on a Quick Buy box

Membership

https://tickets.imamuseum.org/membership_list.asp
User can become a membership or make a gift membership.
Sequential form, linked to the global website shopping cart.
Section fits into IMA website. Look-and-feel is plenty consistent.

Give to the IMA

https://tickets.imamuseum.org/donation.asp
Sequential form to make a donation to the IMA. Linked to the global website shopping cart.

Online store

http://shop.imamuseum.org/featured.phpStore
Fully integrated at the global website. Opens in the same website window, and preserves all its structure.
Contains a Shopping carts which is not linked to the global Shopping cart of the rest of the website.

Outstanding best practices


IMA Dashboard

http://dashboard.imamuseum.org/
The IMA Dashboard is an ongoing effort to measure various aspects of the Museum's performance. View stats like energy consumption, new works on view and volunteer hours.

IMA Tags

http://www.imamuseum.org/connect/tags
Allows user to access IMA collection through tags contributed by IMA visitors. User can also view works of art, and add his own tags to IMA tag cloud.

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