Google “Pokémon GO + Museums” and you’ll see numerous articles/blog postings touting the game as a boon to museums. You’ll also see stories of museums and historic sites discouraging its use due to the nature of their subject matter. Many museums are actively promoting use of the game at their sites (the image above is from the Living History Farms Facebook page).
Now that it’s been a few weeks since this latest phenomenon launched–what’s been your experience? Are you seeing an increase in visitors? Are the visitors actually engaging? Have you gone to the effort to become a PokéStop or gym? Were you successful (apparently Niantic–the game creator–has been overwhelmed with requests)? Are things beginning to quite down on the Poké-front?
It’s hard to say how long the fickle public will stay interested in all things Poké, but if it increases people’s knowledge of the cultural entities around them, that’s a good thing, right?
Disclaimer: The author has never been interested in Pokémon but has been convinced by her 15-year-old daughter to start playing the game in preparation for a trip to Chicago this weekend. Museums will be visited and Pokémon will be captured.