The Lost Museum – The Internet as a Teaching Tool

“The Lost Museum” is an interesting attempt at an educational, online history game. I got a general Scooby Doo vibe from how the mystery was set up by the creators of the game. While definitely being a little dated, it is very interesting to dive into the history of the Barnum museum and how it mysteriously burned to the ground in 1865. The website is full of many different primary sources surrounding Barnum’s personal and political activities as well as information about the museum. The point of the game itself is to find clues as to who or what group may have been responsible for burning down Barnum’s museum. The biggest problem with the game is that there is an overabundance of information in the game and the in game system of collecting clues and information is very poorly designed. I think games like this would be wonderful resource for teaching and gather information. However, I think the game needs a general update where organization and design are completely overhauled and improved. Utilizing online games like this one will be a remarkably useful tool for education and getting people excited about history.

4 Responses to “The Lost Museum – The Internet as a Teaching Tool”

  1. ashipman says:

    What kind of upgrades would you want to see? I think all young kids like playing games and developing a historically accurate game would be beneficial to their learning experience.

  2. jellington says:

    Hadn’t thought of the Scooby Doo parallel, but that about hits it on the head. I felt like I was back in the late 70s or early 80s. The concept of learning or teaching history through the use of games does need to be explored and developed further. There is definitely a future for this.

  3. Maggie Nunn says:

    I agree that updating the website would be helpful. Just like Ellen said, the historical accuracy has to be preserved but maybe in preserving the historical accuracy, they could narrow down on the information because there is too much currently.

  4. Ellen Peiser says:

    I agree the system for collecting clues was too frustrating and not very user friendly. Maybe updating it would be the way to go but they would still have to be careful about preserving the historical relevancy of it.

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