What is a Virtual Museum

A Virtual museum is a digital recording of images, sound files, text documents, and other data of historical, scientific, or cultural interest that can be accessed through the web. Most of the virtual museums you will find on line are sponsored by museums around the world and are directly dependent upon their existing collections.

Why would you want to visit a museum on the web when you can just walk through the door and enjoy the experience? One of the uses of virtual museums is the bring the artifacts to the class room, if a teacher has a project on French art you can not just take the class to France for a field trip, but you can take your students there virtually. Virtual museums can also be a powerful tool for comparative study and for research into a particular subject, material, or locality.

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