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Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

Website | Nov 2012
Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

Website | Nov 2010

American Paintings Catalogue

A Collections Catalogue Worthy of the 21st Century

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) taps Genuine with its new Collections initiative, the end goal being the creation of an intelligent, iPad friendly application that would showcase the Museum’s American Painting Catalogue.

Technologies Used

First-in-Class Drupal to TMS Integration

 The MFA not only wanted to feature its American Paintings Catalogue, but any future catalogues to come. Genuine was tasked with the challenge of developing a flexible system shell that could handle future collections while integrating seamlessly with The Museum System (TMS), an external database of Collection’s Image and Information Storage.

 How We Helped 

The final product needed to work flawlessly on the iPad in both vertical and horizontal design, so Genuine set out to build the most elegant, forward-compatible Javascript-powered front end the museum world has ever seen. We chose Drupal 7 to integrate with The Museum System’s rich resource of Collections data, making it easy for non-technical users to administrate the website while ensuring the system had room for growth. In the end, MFA’s American Paintings Catalogue was launched as the first ever interactive collections catalogue to conform to the model proposed by the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative, and the first in the museum community built to integrate with the TMS. 

Museum of Fine Arts

A New Look for the
Museum of Fine Arts

Our new look for the MFA opens the doors for engagement with the museum’s complete art collection. Visitors can browse recent acquisitions, curate their own collection, tweet about the new Art of the Americas wing, and much more.

Drupal and Flash at the Crossroads of the Web/Video Convergence

In redesigning the MFA website, Genuine wanted to capture the sheer size of the museum and its extensive collections in the user experience. The MFA wanted their new website to reflect the very personal, awe-inspiring experience visitors of the museum share when interacting with its collections. We did this through powerful photography, engaging full-screen video, and a clean, navigable user interface that encouraged exploration.

How We Helped

The museum experience is an interactive experience, so user interaction was a big part of the redesign. On top of implementing a comprehensive search that enables visitors to access all the museum’s artwork online, we carefully categorized all the museum’s collections to make it easy for visitors to find artwork. We also empowered visitors to tag individual pieces, store collections in their My MFA Account, and share artwork with the social web.