Statistics on the test of the first prototype

In the period from the launch of the first prototype on May 3, 2023 to May 19, 2024, we had 476 user contacts with a total of 62 hours of testing. We were able to speak to users from all age groups.

Age of the users

The largest group was made up of 17 – 40 year olds with 164 people, 53 people were over 60, followed by 47 people aged 40 – 60 and 37 people up to the age of 17. The age categories are so broad because it was not possible to record all users with a specific age and it was therefore necessary to work with estimates or inferences from other statements in the conversations. Due to very high user numbers on special occasions in 2023, such as the launch, International Museum Day and Open Monument Day, the age composition of 172 people could only be recorded as an overall impression. Here too, all age groups were represented, although the proportion of families and young adults was higher than at other events, a result of this type of event.

Type of events

All appointments were offered at no extra charge, so most of them were free of charge. Before the Virtuelle Kunsthalle found its place in our lobby, it was located in the mediation room in the exhibition rooms. Therefore, the normal admission price was charged for 3 dates. 21 events with 429 user contacts took place in the museum itself, of which all but three Glasses on and then …? – Dates were without registration. 4 events with 47 participants took place at other locations. The 8 Glasses on and then …? – workshops were more intensive than the Let’s get real sessions with a maximum of 10 people for 1-1.5 hours. During these events more detailed feedback and suggestions for changes were obtained. These meetings were accepted more hesitantly than the more non-binding Let’s get real appointments. Four project presentations provided an opportunity for professional exchange on the Virtuelle Kunsthalle project. These were 2 dates with a total of 50 volunteers from various museums and 2 dates as part of university seminars at Bielefeld University and HHU Düsseldorf with a total of 29 participants from various art/culture-related degree programs.

At these meetings, we asked the users what they would improve about our prototype and what they liked. We have summarized the main findings from the interviews here.