The New Media Museum is working on a series of experiments with creating a “virtual museum,” and 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 are the three experiments done so far!
Click the 360° image below to explore this Toy World, click the menu in the upper right for controls and click “i” buttons on/off for links to experiences.
There is also a more extensive experiment available in the virtual world SecondLife. Click the image below to explore it.
The New Media Museum’s predecessor, the NEW Computer Museum, also had a virtual version that was authored in Unity 3D.
The video below shows a quick walk-through of that application to give you a sense of what the “Virtual New Media Museum” will look like.
Notice that the posters and almost all of the objects link to content and interactive activities. The “title poster” in each exhibit links to the relevant page on this site, while other posters and objects link elsewhere. There was a high overlap between content in the application and and the content in the “Guide” that was posted on the NEW Computer Museum website.