|Posted on April 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM|
Personally, I feel like many museums are interesting and have artifacts, documents, art, and other items that are worth seeing; however I rarely go visit them. In part, its because I only live close to 1 or 2 that I know of and even those I have to pay to get in.
But, what if you didn't need to go to the museum to see everything it had to offer?
When I was in a museum at the University of Oregon, I was inspired by one room in particular. In it was a book shelf type display with many items inside. In front of it were two touch screen computers with a picture of the book shelf display on the screen. When you touched an item on the screen, a close up image of the item would be displayed along with the ordinary paragraph you get at a museum.
Just then I realized that you could do the same thing online. Here's my thoughts:
Create a website that allows users to pay entry into any museum in the counrty, or world right from the home computer. This would allow museums to get [at least some of] their regular entrance fee from each person who views the museum without having as much maintenance to do considering users wouldn't actually be in the museum.
Users would then enter a 360 degree Museum on their computer. This would be similar to the Google Maps Street View that allows users to navigate as if driving (or walking in this case) and see everything around them as if they were actually there.
Viewing a close up of any museum item would be as simple as the computers at the museum I described above at the University of Oregon. Users could approach a wall from the walking view and then select an item (artifact, painting, sculpture, document, etc.) and view a close up image as well as the paragraph that accompanies it on the plaque ordinarily found in a museum.
1. People would gain easier access to museums without having to travel accross the country.
2. Museums would likely gain larger audiences and, therefore, increase funding for museums.
3. Those without the funds to attend museums, especially schools and other educational activities, would be able to experience these things from any classroom or place in the world.
1. It is possible fewer people may physically visit museums; [however, this means less maintenance and less chance of ruining museum items].
So that's the first [new website] idea from the Biziden Blog.
Can you think of any other positives or negatives? Share your thoughts in the comments and on the forum.
Thanks and keep on thinking.
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