Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

MA Museum Professions


Communication and the Arts


Jüergen Heinrichs, PhD


3D Technology, Authenticity, 3D in Museums, Duplicate, Museum Experience, Exhibitions


This thesis explores the impact of 3D technology on the overall museum experience. Detailed analysis of the current utilization of 3D scanning and printing in the areas of exhibition, conservation, research, accessibility, education, and programming, has yielded informed findings on the potential advantages and distractions this technology creates. The information discussed raises important questions and opens the doors to critical discourse; it provides museum professionals with valuable insight and theoretical suggestions on how to best incorporate this technology within the museum setting, with careful consideration to its capabilities for both the present and future.