A photo posted by Crystal Bridges Museum (@crystalbridgesmuseum) on Jul 7, 2016 at 2:02pm PDT
Love ‘em, hate ‘em, or gotta catch ‘em, Pokémon are still making headlines more than a week after the launch of Nintendo and Niantic Labs' new app, Pokémon Go. With more downloads than Tinder, more active users than Twitter, and more engagement time than Facebook, the app has become an overnight behemoth—but not without making a few Poké-faux pas.
When one visitor made the distasteful discovery of the poison gas Pokémon Koffing at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., it seemed like developers Nintendo and Niantic Labs had been too careless for their own good. Yet, many museums have seen an uptick in foot traffic due to players searching for Pokestops—landmarks that supply them with Pokeballs and other items—within their hallowed walls. Art museums in particular have been welcoming, including pictures of their new digital residents on their official Instagram and Twitter accounts. Here are some of the best art museums in the world, fully embracing our new mixed-reality world on social media for all to see.
We have two #PokemonGo Poké Stops at the museum! Or should we say Mew-seum? Did you know that we have video games like Pac-Man and Minecraft in our design collection? Tap the link in our bio to learn more. [Psyduck and Voltorb at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Images: Gretchen Scott]
A photo posted by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art (@themuseumofmodernart) on Jul 14, 2016 at 12:44pm PDT
It's official, Pokémon have reached the Museum…. and it's obvious that they love art, as you can tell by this #MauriceSterne-loving Magikarp caught by BKM staff members, @real_cg and @sarahhaimes in our #BKMAmerican galleries. #PokemonGo
A photo posted by Brooklyn Museum (@brooklynmuseum) on Jul 11, 2016 at 2:29pm PDT
A photo posted by Whitney Museum of American Art (@whitneymuseum) on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:54am PDT
A photo posted by The Art Institute of Chicago (@artinstitutechi) on Jul 11, 2016 at 4:05pm PDT
A photo posted by New Museum (@newmuseum) on Jul 11, 2016 at 7:29am PDT
A video posted by SAM (@seattleartmuseum) on Jul 12, 2016 at 1:09pm PDT
A photo posted by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (@mfaboston) on Jul 11, 2016 at 2:08pm PDT
A photo posted by Museum of the Moving Image (@movingimagenyc) on Jul 14, 2016 at 7:48am PDT
A photo posted by Queens Museum (@queensmuseum) on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:49am PDT
A photo posted by The Getty (@thegetty) on Jul 11, 2016 at 2:54pm PDT
Attention #Pokemon trainers: Join us tonight for a Pokémon Go meetup. There will be lures both in and outside of the @philamuseum, art, and Pay What You Wish admission from 5:00–8:45 p.m. Show us what you catch by using #PokemonGo and tagging @philamuseum.
A photo posted by Philadelphia Museum of Art (@philamuseum) on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:10pm PDT
— LACMA (@LACMA) July 11, 2016
— Hirshhorn (@hirshhorn) July 12, 2016
A photo posted by MCA Australia (@mca_australia) on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:42pm PDT
Read more about Pokemon Go’s unexpected effects on the real world here.