is from Arcane Palette Creative Design which was established in 2007. The founders, Erin and Chris, traded in their desk jobs for a more creative and unique approach to working. The founders created Museumthemes out of the industry’s need for more artistically designed themes.
Museumthemes has the creative and unique designs which, at the same time, is very functional. Function and beauty, that’s what Museumthemes is all about.
Though Museumthemes focuses much on their creative and aesthetic inputs, it doesn’t mean that that they would have to sacrifice their WP themes’ function. In fact, while most of their WP themes are stunningly unique and original, they also have one of the most user-friendly themes considering that you don’t even need to have computer programming skills to use them unlike iThemes’ WP themes. And when you encounter any complications in installing or maintaining any one of their WP themes, the company also provides quick, friendly and professional support networks for their customers.
Museum Themes is also compliant and updated to the most recent innovations in WordPress technology so you can be assured that they have the latest available functionalities on their various WP themes. On top of all these, they give you much aesthetic freedom to customize your site through their highly adjustable theme controls and options.
Even though the company was established in 2007, they don’t have that many WP themes to choose from. In fact, they only have a total of eight WP themes where four of the themes are offered free. It seems too few as compared to Wparcade who just opened up last year and already has seven different themes to choose from. But then again, Wparcade caters more into the gaming and entertainment related sites unlike Museumthemes
who has a bigger market reach.
One of the risks you pose when you market yourself as a WP themes provider who creates artistically-designed themes is that aesthetic beauty is a matter of subjective opinion. What looks artistic to you may not look very artistically pleasing to others. And with only eight different theme graphics to choose from, one is left with not much option.
Another downside is that the company claims to have put much attention to detail in their theme graphics. This maybe so, but having sampled some of the industry’s best, we would have to say that they may have fallen a bit short on their promise. If you are looking for WP theme graphics with much emphasis on the details, we would highly recommend that you visit Elegantthemes instead.
Theme Pricing- base on August 2010 data
Museumthemes’ theme pricing are a bit on the high end, much like iThemes’ price scheme. The company, however, offers four uniquely designed WP themes for free which, to be quite honest, are more aesthetically pleasing than their pay theme counterparts. They are far simpler and are not very heavy to look at (but then again, it’s a matter of subjective opinion). Anyway, the company’s free WP themes are: Middle Name: Danger, Baby Sweet Tooth, Erin’s Sketchbook, and Simple Gray.
AP Museum One is the company’s most affordable theme at $50. It hosts a simple theme with rounded borders, four color pallets, and text shadows. AP Museum Paper and AP Museum Time Capsule are both at $60 each. The former features an array of semi-neutral colors with a smooth ripe berry finish. The latter mainly features an antique frame with soft colors and highlights. Their most expensive WP theme is AP Museum Zine at $75, and I must admit, it has the right to be. It features a unique magazine style theme with three distinct skins and 9 interchangeable background wall papers.
The company’s theme support network only consists of an FAQ and a forum section – where members need to log in to be able to post their questions if there are any problems with any of their themes.
The forum is very inactive since at the time this review was written, the most recent post in the forum is dated back one month ago.