The virtual revolution inside museums

A Look at the Museum of the Future

During a recent event for kids at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, visitors put on virtual-reality goggles and looked at Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30).” As they gazed through their 3-D headsets, splatters of black and white paint appeared to break free from the 1950 canvas and float past their eyes. Children and adults tried to touch the illusion, waving at the images in the air. Museums are flirting with change that may be more revolutionary than at any other point in their history. The forces rocking the technology world—cheaper screens, miniaturized mechanics and increased computing power—are prompting a rich period of experimentation in exhibit design. ….[READ]

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