Posted by: bluesyemre | March 19, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to #VirtualMuseumResources, #E-Learning, and #OnlineCollections

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In the blink of an eye, once-crowded museums sit empty. We’re preparing ourselves for social distancing and potential quarantine. This is the time for museum technology to step up and fill the void. The potential of online collections, virtual tours, and social media campaigns have always been there, but now the opportunity for impact is incalculable.

Access to endless open content. Educational resources for e-learning. Virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine!

If you’re a museum tech enthusiast looking to be part of the conversation, join one of MCN’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). They are currently free for non-members so more can share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This list will be continually updated with examples of museum and museum-adjacent virtual awesomeness. It is by no means exhaustive. If you have a virtual museum or museum-adjacent resource to contribute on behalf of your organization, please fill out this Google Form.

Every resource is free to access and enjoy.
Much of it, though not all, is also open content, in the sense that it’s freely reusable and re-mixable under Creative Commons licensing. Open content is clearly labeled on its respective website.

PORTALS

VIRTUAL TOURS / ONLINE EXHIBITS

Art and Culture Museums
History Museums
Natural Science Museums
National Parks

Online Exhibits

E-LEARNING

Created for Kids

ONLINE COLLECTIONS

Art and Cultural Collections
Science Collections
History Collections

DIGITAL ARCHIVES & LIBRARIES

Huge thanks to the many who have written helpful blogs with their favorite museum tech resources. Your contributions are all included here: CuseumMia RidgeJenni Fuchs, and Alicja Peszkowska.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Research on COVID’s Impact on Museums

http://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museum-resources/


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