The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is holding an Open House in recognition of International Museum Day on May 18th from 10:00am-5:00pm. This free event will celebrate the 2018 International Museum Day theme: Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics.
Hyperconnectivity is a term invented in 2001 to define the multiple means of communication we have today, such as face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging, telephone or the internet. This global network of connections becomes each day more complex, diverse and integrated. In the hyperconnected world of today, museums join the trend.
It is impossible to understand the role of museums without taking into account all the connections they make. They are an inherent part of their local communities, their cultural landscape and their natural environment. Thanks to technology museums can now reach way beyond their core audience and find new publics when approaching their collections in a different way.
On May 18th we want to encourage our visitors to take a picture of an exhibit or artifact that truly resonates with you, then share that picture on social media! What will you take a picture of? Will it be the sword that was presented to Keeper John W. Richardson for honorable recognition from President Woodrow Wilson? How about the pharmaceutical tools used by Dr. Townsend, Ocean City’s first physician? Perhaps you will find Laughing Sal, a boardwalk icon from the 1940s most interesting? “When visitors choose to post photos of the Museum on social media they are widening the Museum’s audience, and ultimately strengthening our mission,” said, Sandy Hurley, museum director.
For more information, please call (410) 289-4991 or visit our website www.ocmuseum.org.