Museums and galleries diversify to the metaverse

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The cultural sector has changed vastly over the years. Consumers have options to experience in different ways as digital content goes beyond just viewing and reading.

VR gaming and metaverse are slowly but surely becoming a part of our daily lives, not necessarily changing the theory of everything but enchancing the way people experience concepts and elements. Museums, as traditional as the thought, are adapting to this shift fairly well. From NFTs and video games to digital exhibitions, they have touched all sectors giving history and art lovers unique and exciting experiences. Infact, statistics show that consumers enjoy the potential this technology holds when it comes to asrt and history. With over 25% of people interested in trying out virtual experiences, museum and art tours lead the semantics with 28%.

In recent news, India’s Kelkar museum becomes the country’s first metaverse museum experience. BharatVerse, India’s first metaverse platform, is aiding the project with a vision of creating “digital twin places of special interest” in a bid to be globally accessible and promote such places. Users can access the already available 3D virtual tour with the help of head gears, cellular devices and web browsers on the BharatVerse platform.
The museum plans on devising a real-time museum experience for the customers, accessible globally.

These unthikable experiences that the metaverse promises are too good to pass on, given how widely accessible and flexible it is for both the creators and consumers.

a still from SciArt that shows a man standing with vr headset on that connects them to a metaverse experience
SciArt presents intriguing experiences with it’s combination of art, science and AI.
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Decentraland’s SciArt is one of the leading and ambitious digital spaces. Integrating science, metaverse technology and humanity into a visionary design, AI-enabled exhibitions capture and explore enthralling scenes in deeply immersive ways.
Multiverse’s 9/11 memorial art gallery revisits the unfortunate day that impacted millions of lives, with a featurette of photos, art and video footages. Several spectators and survivors have have chipped in with their experiences that make a chilling retelling of the incident.
Additionaly, Multiverse also offers WildSkill Gallery where Theodore Holdt displays his work in the form of NFTs in the Multiverse region. The attraction element here is Holdt’s chaotic potrayal along with a mesmersing surrounding.

The Lobkowicz Palace, where 3.0 Labs held their first NFT exhibition alongside historical art pieces. the company is working towards peserving art with metaverse technology
The Lobkowicz Palace, the centre of 3.0 Labs’ first NFT exhibition.
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Jai Vilas palace will soon be having their own NFT collection, expanded into a metaverse
Jai Vilas Palace is in talks for an NFT collection.
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Digitally immersive metaverse is seen as more than just enhanced consumer experiences. They serve as an efficient way to preserve historical pieces and art. 3.0 Labs keeps up maintainance o paintings, by financing them with NFT sales. CEO Michelle Choi held an NFT auction-exhibition at Lobkowicz Palace where old historical paintings and NFTs were displayed together, attemptig to “broaden accessibility to cultural heritage.” The success of this proof-of-concept project motivated metaverse tourism globally.
In another instances, DAOs are being formed around castles and villa restorations. India’s 200-year-old Jai Vilas palace-turned-museum is in talks for a locally inspired NFT collection that would funds their metaverse. Similarly, Bueckeburg Castle aspires for a metaverse that aims to preserve their history. Donats and 3.0 Labs are collaborating on an NFT exhibiion and DAO-focused hacker house at the castle.

KAWS partnered with The Serpentine Gallery and Fortnite to bring KAW’s New Fiction exhibit into the metaverse. The virtual art exhibit included sculptures, augmented reality art and paintings and paralleled the physical exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery.
Created in partnership with Verizon, The Met Unframed compresses the cavernous museum and its vast collection into more than dozen digitally recreated galleries that virtual visitors explore with a finger’s flick and pinch offering a chance to “unframe” nearly 50 of its masterpieces and practice a spot of virtual interior decorating.

virtual avatar sitting on a virtual replica onf the serpentine gallery, an attempt at gamified metaverse
New Fiction exhibition at the Spentine Gallery. photo credits: designboom

The Serpentine Gallery and Fortnite joined together with KAWS to bring the New Fiction exhibition into the metaverse. The virtual art exhibition accompanied the actual one at the Serpentine Gallery and featured paintings, augmented reality artwork, and sculptures.
The Met Unframed, which was developed in collaboration with Verizon, condenses the enormous museum and its extensive collection into more than a dozen digitally recreated galleries that virtual visitors can explore with a finger flick and pinch. This gives users the opportunity to “unframe” nearly 50 of the museum’s masterpieces and try their hand at virtual interior design.

The first decentralised NFT museum in the world is called Musee Dezentral. Here, visitors can purchase “frames” to display their NFTs or rent them from other NFT owners and digital artists to display their creations.

Even while the medium is still prone to the same problems as the crypto market, many creatives and platforms continue to explore ways to employ the technology, with purposes ranging from practical to abstract, social to commercial. Effective digital projects go beyond merely recreating in-person trips in this way. The gamified element encourages virtual visitors to carefully inspect and contemplate the artworks, and the user interface makes it simple to use and easy to access further artwork details. The marriage of art and technology will surely continue to be a balancing act of promise and challenges for some time to come.

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