Why A Virtual Museum?

Virtual museums are a relatively new technology, but one which has huge potential. Currently, many 'virtual museums' are simply the online presence of a physical museum, whilst others are set up by private individuals who have little or no knowledge of museology and do not provide a real 'museum going experience'. Often, they are too wordy, have too few images, are difficult to navigate, encourage little interaction from their audience, are aimed soley at adult audiences, are simply a website with a fancy name, are slow to load, or a combination of these. To me, this does not encourage a positive museum going experience.

However, despite this, the potential of virtual museums is staggering. Here are a few reasons why virtual museums offer such potential, and in particular, why I chose to create a virtual museum: