Virtual Museums!

Hot off the press!

The New Media Museum is experimenting with creating a virtual museum — the goal of the this is threefold.

First, it is an exercise in envisioning what a “real” museum will look like.

Second, it will stand on its own as a valuable educational experience.

Finally, third, the experiments will determine the best platform for the future.

Here’s a peek at a few recent experiments.

Toy Worlds

Toy Worlds are fun “3D interfaces” for navigating the Web.

They are literally “toy worlds” because they are dioramas created with dollhouse furniture and other miniature toys that are photographed with a RICOH THETA S 360° Camera. The resulting 360° photos are posted on the Kuula 360° photo sharing service in order to overlay links to YouTube videos and web pages.

They are also figuratively “toy worlds” in that they are only intended to be prototypes that serve as placeholders for more sophisticated “worlds” made with advanced software such as Unity 3D. The reason those worlds have not been created and posted so far is because there is no way to embed sophisticated 3D worlds directly on web pages yet.

The 360° image below is the New Media Museum Toy World. Touch the image to explore it, click on objects to find out about them, and use the menu in the lower left or door knobs to visit related Toy Worlds.

The doors lead to a different site (M. E. Hopper’s gallery and studio).

You can find out about Toy Worlds and their backstory on this post.


There is a more extensive experimental version of the New Media Museum in the virtual world SecondLife. Click the images below to explore it.

New Media Museum@SL

New Media Museum snap