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Gallery One at Cleveland Museum of Art

Gallery One at Cleveland Museum of Art
Main Gallery Space - Interactive exhibits

Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a unique, interactive gallery that blends art, technology and interpretation to inspire visitors to explore the museumís renowned collections. It is comprised of 3 major sections.

Those of us of a certain age remember the school field trip to the Art Museum and the stern reprimands to "look but don't touch" as we shuffled from room to room. Yawn.

The Main Gallery Space of Gallery One offers interactive exhibits that will both entertain and challenge.

In this video, Caroline Goeser, Director of Education and Interpretation at Cleveland Museum of Art, demonstrated an interactive exhibit that uses tech as a tool to spark an authentic experience such as putting your own face in works of art.

Games encourage visitors to see themselves in the collection, matching their faces to works of art or striking the poses of sculptures. In addition, touchscreen interactives and the museum's new ArtLens iPad application allow visitors to explore how works of art were made, where they came from and why they were produced. At every turn, technology is used to bring visitors back to works of art and to open multiple perspectives on the collection.

Express Yourself

Matching your expression to art in the collection


"It's very important to us that visitors interact with real objects, rather than digital reproductions," said David Franklin. "We want visitors to look closely at original art works and to make personal connections to what they are seeing."

Caroline Guscott, Communications Manager of the Cleveland Museum of Art, shows some young visitors how to do virtual sculpting .

Caroline Guscott, Communications Manager of the Cleveland Museum of Art, shows some young visitors how to do virtual sculpting

Caroline Guscott, shows some young visitors how to do virtual sculpting

Caroline Guscott, Communications Manager of the Cleveland Museum of Art, shows some young visitors how to do virtual sculpting

Caroline Guscott, Communications Manager of the Cleveland Museum of Art, shows some young visitors how to do virtual sculpting




"Technology is a vital tool for supporting visitor engagement with the collection," adds C. Griffith Mann, Deputy Director and Chief Curator. "Putting the art experience first required an unprecedented partnership between the museum's curatorial, design, education and technology staff."

In one of the activities in the Sculpture Lens, visitors match the poses of sculptures in the museum's permanent collection and can link their pictures to social media.

Photo Credit: Meghan Stockdale, Cleveland Museum of Art

Photo Credit: Meghan Stockdale, Cleveland Museum of Art

(Photo Credit for above 2 images:
Meghan Stockdale, Cleveland Museum of Art)


The exhibits get you thinking about art from different perspectives, including that of the artists. One area of the Gallery has several pieces of art about lions and asks you to consider "What does a lion look like?"

Lion head at exhibit on lions at Cleveland Art Museum

Lion marble at exhibit on lions at Cleveland Art Museum

Lion plate at exhibit on lions at Cleveland Art Museum

Lion plate at exhibit on lions at Cleveland Art Museum


You follow the prompts and start narrowing down key components to what the essence of a lion is. You can then see, in real time, how many other visitors agree with your selections.

What does a lion look like

Interactive exhibit on lions at Cleveland Art Museum

On my next visit, I am going to make a lion face and see what pulls up.

Matching your expression to art in the collection


Cleveland Museum of Art's Gallery One - Main Page

Collection Wall at Cleveland Museum of Art's Gallery One

Interactive exhibits in Main Gallery Space (this page)

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