Muse On:  a mobile app for the National Art Museum in Minsk

We have prepared a design concept and are looking for help with its implementation.

The National Art Museum is an important cultural center of Belarus. Today, it is not only a museum or art gallery, but also a modern scientific and educational center and an art platform with events such as Night of Museums, Selfie Day, and more. However, the museum has had problems related to its digital experience, and so they came for help at EPAM Engineering Jam 2.

Research and ideas

The project was done by a team of designers only. They started with UX-research to understand the competitive landscape and prioritize pain points, and then build the information architecture and interaction design around that. There were a lot of ideas: virtual and augmented realities, artificial intelligence, gamification and interaction with museum 3D printers. Close collaboration with stakeholders helped the EPAM volunteer team to define three areas that could be improved with a digital solution:

  • Popularization.

    One of the most pressing issues of the museum is the lack of interest in art among younger generations. The National Art Museum is not interactive — even outdated — while most museums around the world are trying new approaches to communicate with their visitors. The Estonian Health Care Museum, for example, lets its visitors interact with exhibitions through video and tactile communication.

  • Local navigation.

    The building of the National Art Museum is large, making it difficult to for visitors to find specific works or artists. The museum also plans to expand soon, making navigation even more critical.

  • Accessibility.

    The National Art Museum is creating 3D sculptures to bring people with vision problems closer to the art. But what about paintings and other art objects? There is a lot to work on in this area. Museum representatives also described basic features that museum visitors expect to see in the app, like the ability to purchase tickets, view future events, search for paintings or artists, and more.

What do we have now?

EPAM volunteers created the concept and design and prescribed the basic app functions. With Muse On, users can:

  • buy tickets for exhibitions and synchronize them in their native (iOS/Android) calendar;

  • search for information about any artist or art object in the National Art Museum and add it to their personal bookmarks;

  • navigate easily in the museum with routing in augmented reality or the integrated map;

  • use camera functions like art selfie, computer vision, voice helper or art restoration to make their visit more fascinating and interactive.

Today, we are looking for people who want to help turn Muse On into reality. We have already prepared the requirements, and the National Art Museum is ready to implement the app immediately. All that remains is to create it.

Thanks to the volunteer team for their creativity, initiative and contribution to popularizing culture!

The prototype was designed by: Aliaksandra Shauchuk, Dziana Ramanava, Iryna Mitrakhovich, Kirill Margolin