Olga Kissel: Internet Festival of Museum Multimedia “Museum Geek”

The State Museum of the History of Religion is a Russian-wide research and methodology centre within the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation working on the problems of museum religion studies.

Each year the museum holds regular seminars, internships and conferences on various problems of religion and museum studies, including questions about implementing and using digital technologies in museums. To organise this research and methodology work in the field of digital technologies, the museum chose the format of an internet festival. This format allows remote study of the practices of Russian museums in the field of museums' digital programs and allows participants to make some general conclusions based not only on their own experiences.

In 2014, the State Museum of the History of Religion organised the first Internet Festival of Museum Multimedia - “Museum Geek”.  44 museums from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus participated in the competition. Joint projects with Finnish museums were also submitted. 71 applications were submitted for 5 categories of the competition (‘digital collections’, ‘multimedia for exhibitions and collections’, ‘educational programs’, ‘programs for people with special needs’ and ‘museum advertising and PR’).