2011 MUSE Award for Online Presence
The USS Constitution Museum received the Bronze MUSE Award for Online Presence from the American Association of Museums in May 2011. This award, which is granted “in recognition of the highest standards of excellence in the use of media and technology,” was presented to the museum for the creation of its new online game and educational resource A Sailor’s Life for Me!
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, theA Sailor’s Life for Me! website allows visitors to join the fight for freedom on the high seas when they virtually enlist as sailors on board USS Constitution and travel back in time to prepare for the War of 1812. Website visitors can explore the ship, scrub a filthy deck, or fire a cannon! Meeting real sailors who served on Constitution in 1812 helps today’s online users not just learn history, but experience it. History comes alive through detailed drawings by artist Stephen Biesty, the words of author Richard Platt, and animations by web developers, Eduweb.