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VOMA Is the World’s First Fully Immersive Virtual Museum

News Museums Art + Architecture
by Eben Diskin Aug 26, 2020

Most people are probably sick of virtual museum experiences by now, but that’s usually because a virtual trip can’t compare to the real thing. Now a new museum is putting the virtual experience front and center. The Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) will be the world’s first fully interactive virtual museum, presenting works from renowned institutions like the Musée d’Orsay, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rather than an information card, the art is shown alongside a variety of media and other digital resources to help visitors dive deeper into the work. In addition to simply admiring the artwork, you can also virtually tour the museum’s grounds.

Stuart Semple, the artist behind the project, said, “A virtual viewing room can feel like a lonely place — quiet, empty, sometimes slightly uneasy. In building and curating VOMA, we wanted to get away from that feeling, which is not all that different from walking into a snooty, silent gallery space and feeling a bit self-conscious. We wanted to integrate the sense of community and buzz of going to a cool museum, where there are often so many different shows going on, and immersive or interactive experiences.”

It was reported that famous artworks such as Édouard Manet’s “Olympia,” “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch, and Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” will be on display at the VOMA but we’re waiting for the opening for confirmation.

The museum is scheduled to open early September, and is accessible for free from anywhere in the world via VOMA’s website.

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