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Kimbell Art Museum

Iconic architecture and collection of masterpieces online

Forth Worth, Texas, USA

  • Online collection with deep-zoom artworks
  • Rich exhibition pages and calendar of events
  • Exhibition tickets, memberships and online store
“…enable as many people as possible to experience those objects as pleasantly as possible”
Ric Brown, first Director of the Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell invited Cogapp to redevelop their website to better embody the character of the museum.

Better for the people that use the site

It works beautifully on the devices that visitors choose to use.

It is fully accessible, meeting Section 508 guidelines and WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

It lets visitors easily buy tickets, renew memberships and purchase gifts.

It encourages deep exploration within the collection, including audio guides and conservation resources.

Most importantly, it gives visitors a much better online experience that is truly reflective of the Kimbell, its buildings, collections and exhibitions in a way that encourages them to visit and enjoy it.

Better for the Museum

We worked with the Kimbell for several years, building our working relationship and understanding the museum, while the rebuild fundraising was happening.

They now have a website that is future proof for the foreseeable future.

Their exhibitions can be promoted much more effectively.

The presentation of their visitor experience, programs and collection is much improved.

The optimised ecommerce journeys are a new significant revenue stream for the Museum.

Moving our industry forward

A leading example of an institutional Drupal 8 content management system with integrated online collection (TMS), ecommerce (TNEW), store (Shopify) and calendar.

A new IIIF image pipeline.

A robust, secure and efficient infrastructure providing a platform for future innovation.

Creating an environment where people can do their best work

We led stakeholder discovery sessions at the Museum to embed ourselves in the museum, gain insights and build a long-term partnership.

The project team developed strong relationships during our visits, which transferred to productive and effective dispersed working practices in the following months.

Our communications strategy partnered people in key project roles: Cogapp Producer with Kimbell Project Manager; Cogapp Tech Lead with Kimbell Systems Administrator; and Cogapp Project Director with Kimbell Product Owner. This resulted in clear divisions of responsibility and channels of communication.

Shared tools such as Pivotal Tracker, Google Suite and daily stand up calls kept the team closely aligned.

Sprint demos every second week invited input and feedback from all stakeholders, including the Museum Director.

See the finished site for yourself at kimbellart.org