This museum is a model of a modern virtual museum. This resource was launched in 2011 as a project dedicated solely to art museums, but today it also includes a history section and a section on the most marvelous places on the planet. In addition to an option that allows you to view pictures in high resolution, the website offers a virtual tour with a spectacular interface and an audio guide. With this resource you can get acquainted with such platforms as the Tate Gallery in London, the Uffizi Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Rijskmuseum in Amsterdam, and many others. Google’s engineers have recently digitalized the latest Venice Biennale. The Street Art project deserves your special attention as it provides examples of this urban art form from all over the world.
Most renowned museums today deem it necessary to create a virtual collection on the Web, once more reaffirming their ownership of the masterpieces in their collections and distributing high-quality reproductions of their paintings. In particular, the Guggenheim Museum has created an online collection with a convenient list of classification headings arranged according to names and styles, thus uniting the collections from the four cities where the museum has locations, and highlighting other projects of the Guggenheim Foundation. The virtual museum has a variety of options: among other things, it is an informative website that contains lectures and videos on various topics.
The Louvre is not available at the (aforementioned) Google project, as its administrators give preference to promoting their own online platform. The museum allows you to take a virtual walk through several departments on its website. The foundation stones of the wall of the Royal Palace on the first floor of the museum and the department featuring the relics of antiquity and ancient Egypt can be observed in the form of a virtual panorama.
The website of one of the most famous museums of science in the world allows you to view photos and panoramas from exhibitions. It is a part of one big virtual tour around Oxford. Among the notable exhibits in this virtual museum is the blackboard that Einstein used in 1931 during his famous lecture at the university. An entire nostalgic project named “Goodbye, blackboard!” has been created on the website, and a lot of British celebrities like Brian Eno and Robert May have participated in this initiative. It went really well.
It is a free walk around the cradle of American democracy – George Washington’s museum at Mount Vernon. The place where the first president of the Unites States worked and lived has been digitalized with incredible accuracy by the museum’s administrators. The online tour contains photos, informational blocks, and an audio guide, and is further enhanced by a video which features actors wearing costumes from the 18th century. It has everything necessary to immerse the visitor in the atmosphere of this historical site.
Those who are fond of the history of things and are prone to creating their own collections will love this new project, which has already been embraced by professionals in the IT industry as well as ordinary users. The founders of this project call it the Facebook for things. Every item or category has its own timeline that allows one to follow the evolution of an object from a historical perspective. Only facts, such as year, location and appearance, are available to the viewer. The feature that advantageously distinguishes this particular project from many others is its orientation towards objectivity and simplicity. The project was launched quite recently, though it has the potential for rapid development and growth.
This project is more an encyclopedia than a place to view exhibits, but considering its emphasis on visual culture, it would be quite appropriate to call it a museum. The resource provides users with an opportunity to take real virtual tours that concern their interests, whether it is bicycles from the early 20th century, antique vases, or postcards with images of St. Petersburg. All you have to do is to enter data and historical period, and the resource will provide a list of images, texts, videos, and audio tracks to make your comprehension of a subject as voluminous and complete as possible.
The World Digital Library is similar to Europana, although it has already been localized in the Russian language, and it can provide you with useful facts and images on any given subject, too. The website is esthetically pleasing and user friendly, so it is possible to get stuck there for a long time, studying, out of mere curiosity, legislative acts from the times of Kievan Rus’ or the chronology of the 1947 baseball championship in the US.
The American National Museum of Natural History allows you to walk through departments and have a close look at the fossils of ancient creatures, collections of insects and birds and even the Egyptian mummies that are exhibited in the museum. Generally speaking, you can immerse yourself in the history of natural science even if you don’t have the opportunity to visit this museum in real life. The website also has a large section with interactive materials and videos on various topics.
Fans of space exploration shouldn’t miss this virtual project, which is dedicated to the history of the world-famous American space agency. Launched in 2008, this resource was conceived to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding. In addition to noting the successes of American astronautics, this tour features demonstrations of the technical details of building and launching spaceships, and a good-natured robot will guide you through the site and tell you where to click.
Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts dedicated to German engraving of the 15th –16th centuries, Japanese engravings of the 18th – 19th centuries, masterpieces of ancient art, and Italian painting of the 7th – 20th centuries have existed for many years, but they are still quite magnificent. You can find the full list of these works of art on the main website of the museum. These collections will be of interest primarily to specialists; but all fans of classical art will find them rewarding.
It is a virtual collection of monumental proportions, just like the museum itself. It is available on the website as well as in the form of mobile applications (iOS, Android), but the version for tablets seems to be the optimal one. All artworks are accompanied by historical descriptions. Therefore, it is possible to feast your eyes on the masterpieces from Russia’s best museum at any time and in any place.
At the website of the Moscow Kremlin Museums it is possible to take a virtual tour around any museum that you choose. You may recall the names of the Kremlin cathedrals and look inside them while enjoying an evocative musical accompaniment – even visits to the Kremlin Museum in real life can’t induce the same level of concentration and reverence. If you happen to like this experience, then you should go to the virtual tour sections at panotours.ru and culture.ru, where you will have a chance to visit dozens of museums in large and small cities across Russia.