A Virtual Museum is a digital entity that draws on the characteristics of a museum, in order to complement, enhance, or augment the museum experience through personalization, interactivity and richness of content. It’s a collection of digitally recorded images, sound files, text documents, and other data of historical, scientific, or cultural interest that are accessed through electronic media.
Through the hyperlinking and multimedia capabilities of electronic information media, digitized representations can be brought together from multiple sources for enjoyment and study in a manner largely determined by the individual user. Virtual museums of this type can be a powerful tool for comparative study and for research into a particular subject, material, or locality.
The goal of our virtual museum is not to compete with or replace traditional museum visits, but to enhance, complement, and augment the museum experience by offering a level of personalization, interactivity, and richness of content that is impossible to bring in the real world. Thus, it is needed to be seen as a coequal to traditional museum. The virtual experience can never replace the real experience of standing in front of art, but it can add another dimension to the experience.
This makes the virtual museum a valuable digital tools that can bring about numerous and multi-layered benefits:
- LOCATION IS NO LONGER A PROBLEM
One of the most significant benefits of virtual museums is the fact that your location does not constrain you. Museums worldwide offer digital tours, shows, and exhibitions that allow you to immerse yourself in their art regardless of location and geographical boundaries.
- DRAW IN MORE VISITORS
Many museums have found that digitalization increases website traffic and brings about more visitors to the museums themselves. Virtual tours actually inspire many people that are indifferent or oppose to visiting these locations
- EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT
People of all age groups have the option to experience and interact with exhibitions at their own pace — making them more receptive to learning. This is not only a great way to attract and educate and entertain the youth, but to provide additional information, insight, and freedom to older and mature art lovers.
- NO LIMITATIONS IN TERMS OF TIME, INFORMATION AND ARRANGEMENT
Traditional museums have certain limitations. These can be classified into time, information, and arrangement. Virtual museums eliminate these hindrances by providing a more intimate and personal voyage through exhibitions. Visitors are able to browse through art they find interesting, at a pace that meets their needs. In addition to that, they have access to a lot more information about the pieces. Virtual tours enable people to study items from multiple angles (360° images, internal images, zoom capabilities), and they also offer more research and context to items showcased.
Valuable artworks that require proper conservation can be digitized – allowing them to be showcased, while also remaining under conservation treatments and measures.