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The MuseumFutures lab studies the design of meaning-making experiences for researchers and museum audiences, that are based on digital-based representations (AR/VR, 3D scanning, digital 3D fabrication, etc.) of cultural heritage artefacts.

Rich digital-based representations are digital or digitally fabricated physical representations of artefacts, which allow for using and manipulating the artefacts in ways that are not possible with the original and that allow for experiencing the artefact along various experiential qualities.


We believe that:

  • this can facilitate meaning-making of cultural heritage that in turn can lead to new understandings of the world
  • this can provide opportunities for new research into cultural heritage
  • this can contribute to developing new technologies and optimizing existing ones


We have a specific interest in technologies such as AR/VR/MR, 3D scanning and digital 3D fabrication.

We have a specific interest in methodologies for creating sense-making experiences that are supported by such new technologies.

Collaborative research through individual projects

MuseumFutures is associated to other Faculty labs (such as the Connected Everyday Lab) and external parties.

In MuseumFutures, several Master graduate students of the Faculty collaborate in design research projects. Each student works on his or her own project, but all projects feed into a growing body of knowledge about opportunities for future museum experience design as it relates to connecting museums to the outside world and applying novel technologies in doing so.

Each student collaborates with a museum, heritage institute, design agency or other stakeholder. Students have their home base at the Faculty where they synergistically work with their fellow students in the lab; sharing their experiences, inspiring each other, sharing knowledge and building a growing body of knowledge and tools on the topic.

Workshop with students, museum professionals and designers

Lab co-director Sense-making Experiences
Arnold Vermeeren