Culture Object

An open source WordPress plugin for getting museum objects online

What is CultureObject?

CultureObject is a WordPress plugin which
consumes museum collections management data.

The plugin allows you to easily pull in your collection data so it is native to WordPress. Once it's there you can do powerful things with it: build a stand-alone collections site, a mobile web app, a curatorial check-in system... or, just integrate your object records with your existing WordPress website.

How it works

Install, import, integrate.

We're developing a range of "providers" (think of these as data formats from a specific collections management system). You select the one relevant to you, point at your data - either XML file or API - and import.

Once the data is in WordPress, you can properly integrate it with your site. Feature objects as part of online exhibitions, drop an "object of the week" sidebar wherever you need, use collections records in your newsletter and so on.

Coming soon: functionality to enable you to drop-in things like object image puzzles, random object sidebars, multiple choice quizzes based on object data, etc. Join the mailing list to find out when these are available.

Using CultureObject

CultureObject is available in a number of flavours. Pick your favourite :-)

Community Edition

Open Source and free

The plugin is now available via the WordPress plugin repo. Or if you want to get into the bleeding edge, see it on GitHub. You'll find some simple documentation over at If you're interested in what we've got planned with CultureObject, see our Trello board!

To use the plugin you'll need to have a pretty good knowledge of WordPress theming and PHP.

Join our mailing list for announcements about future changes / developments.


Collections Theme

"Plug and play" collections online

We're in the process of developing a simple, bare-bones theme for presenting museum collections online. It's mobile responsive, integrates fully with CultureObject, and includes search, object detail view and object gallery templates.

Join our mailing list and we'll let you know when we've finished it.

Custom Build

Need to get someone else to do the work?

If you want to get a totally bespoke, beautifully designed, collections-focused mobile-friendly site and don't have the skills or time to do it yourself, then we can design and build for you. We can also help you with planning your online collections strategy, mobile opportunities and so on - all the way through to go-live.

We've built collections-focused sites using the plugins for clients like The American Museum, Bristol Museums Service and RAMM.