Summer 2019 – 497-302: Creating and Prototyping Concepts for the Museum-of-the-Future

Meeting Day/Time
Session B (6/3 to 7/27) on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:25 to 8:50 pm
Twisha Shah-Brandenburg (UGEd with expertise in museum user-centered design) ( and Thomas Brandenburg (UGEd with expertise in museum user-centered design)
Appropriate Majors
All interested students are welcome.

What will museums look like in the year 2040? How will digital and physical environments come together to create a completely new browsing experience for learning and cultural institutions?

This IPRO project explores trends such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop immersive prototypes and narratives of the future. Building on research from previous classes, the IPRO team will be introduced to different profiles and will develop solutions that are meant to be provocative for executives in the museum community who are invited to the end-of-semester review.


This course is relevant for those:

  1. interested in understanding how innovation initiatives are conceived and developed in organizations;
  2. interested in learning how to manage client relationships; and
  3. whose careers will involve direct interaction with clients and community partners.


In the past this IPRO class has developed:

  1. a virtual reality experience for the Art Institute where visitors could step inside a painting and have an audio tour of the artist’s state of mind
  2. an interactive digital tunnel with real time data where visitors could get data on live collections as they immersed themselves in an interactive tunnel for the Shedd aquarium.
  3. new ways of thinking about science museums as community activist centers by providing a sensory escape in a Dystopian reality affected by climate change.
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