The New Media Museum is working on a “virtual museum,” and the goal of the this project is twofold.
First, it is an exercise in envisioning what a “real” museum will look like.
Second, and it will stand on its own as a valuable educational experience.
The core of the New Media Museum will be a 3D web-based interface. There are experiments underway right now to determine the right platform to support this project.
This is not the first effort to do something like this. The New Media Museum’s predecessor initiative, the NEW Computer Museum, 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.