Let’s say you had to guess how many museum websites are using responsive web design. I would have guessed a handful. Doing some pretty quick research I was surprised to find twenty of them–ten in the US and ten international.
As I’ve written before, responsive web design makes sense for an organization with limited resources that wants to reach as many people as possible. It can save you from having to develop different apps for different devices and having your content get out of sync. Andrew Lewis at the V&A in London writes persuasively about their decision to design a responsive site last year. As you can see from the list below, the V&A is not alone.
Some of these sites on this list are quite beautiful while others, to be honest, are pretty straightforward. What’s significant is that they are all accessible to the growing numbers of visitors that mostly have access on their phones.
10 Museums in the US with Responsive Websites
- The Whitney
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- American Art Museum
- Smithsonian Air and Space,
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- Denver Art Museum
- Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh
- Cooper Hewitt (footer only)
10 Responsive Websites for Museums outside the US
- Victoria and Albert Museum in London
- Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid
- Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in Newcastle, UK
- Questacon in Australia
- Royal BC Museum
- Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
- Gemeente in the Hague
- Australian Museum
- Science Museum in London (homepage only)