Touch Screens Are Coming To The American Museum Of Natural History

A hands-on way to learn about Pacific Northwestern cultures

Digital Totem

Digital Totem

The American Natural History Museum's Digital Totem is a touch screen exhibit showcasing contemporary cultures in a new way.American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History has installed a massive touch screen to bring history and culture to the masses.

The first "Digital Totem" installed in the New York City museum will showcase the modern people, languages, and histories of cultures of the Pacific Northwest, including the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, Musqueam, Gitxsan, Tlingit, and Tsimshian communities.

Museum visitors are able to "meet" Native residents in photos and interviews, examine 30 artifacts from the Museum’s collection via 360-degree rotations, listen to local languages, and create their own Northwest Coast soundscapes with recordings of natural features, animals, and local instruments.


It's a cool initiative with a lot of potential. If it goes over well with visitors, we can expect to see more touch screens at AMNH soon.

No word on whether hand sanitizer and hourly glass cleanings are also part of the pilot program.