SoraNews 24: Japan’s poo museum opens online, offers turds of virtual fun worldwide during stay-home period . “It’s been just over a year since Japan opened a pop-up museum dedicated to all things poop in Yokohama, in Tokyo’s neighbouring Kanagawa Prefecture. Called the Unko Museum (literally ‘Poo Museum’), the pop-up proved to be so successful that it even slid into Tokyo afterwards, where it attracted crowds of turd lovers…until COVID-19 showed up in the capital, causing the facility to close its doors as a safety precaution. However, where one sphincter closes, another opens, and for the Unko Museum that means the Internet has opened up a new portal for the ‘Max Unko Kawaii’ extravaganza to be delivered to the poop-loving public.”
MCN: The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections. “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.” It sure isn’t. Also there isn’t any annotation. But it’s a big ol’ list if you want to go exploring.
Morocco World News: COVID-19: Moroccan Museums Stream Live Visits for Art Lovers. “In light of Morocco’s state of emergency and the closure of several art events and institutes such as museums, the Moroccan National Foundation of Museums (FNM), decided to offer free online museum visits through a 360° virtual immersion.”
PBS: 19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch. “Experts have called for ‘social distancing’ — the broad, conscious effort to avoid close contact with other people or public places — amid the global novel coronavirus pandemic to limit the transmission of the virus. As communities scale back the size of their gatherings, or stop meeting all together, many museums are temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure. But that doesn’t mean their collections and other online art exhibits can’t be viewed from home.”
Wanted in Europe: Visiting the best European Museums Online. “…traveling abroad isn’t easy. Not only is there a lot of planning involved. There can also be financial burdens. As well as problems that the world is witnessing today. As the Coronavirus infiltrates borders across the globe, many governmental organizations are demanding that museums, and most public places, need to be shut down for public health safety. Despite all of these problems, there is a solution: visiting museums online. Below is a list of ten world-famous museums that provide an enriching experience through virtual tours online.”
Smithsonian Magazine: China’s Art, From Museum Exhibits to Rock Concerts, Moves Online During Coronavirus Outbreak. “In January, the Chinese government issued a letter directing museums to ‘enrich the people’s spiritual and cultural life during the epidemic [with] cloud exhibitions’ that display previously planned gallery programming, reports Caroline Goldstein for artnet News. At that point, two museum openings in China had been postponed, and Hong Kong had closed all public institutions. Now, sites including the Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, the Chongqing Natural History Museum and the National Museum in Beijing have all opted to increase their digital offerings.”
I haven’t mentioned a Kickstarter for a while but this looks great: The Lace Museum: An Online Archive for Historic Costuming. “The Lace Museum will be a free online museum which documents my extensive collection. I have already taken thousands of high-quality photos showcasing my pieces from every angle: close up, far away, front and back, honing in on all the interesting details that makes every piece special. It is an unprecedented look at the incredible craftsmanship and beauty of these pieces. A digital museum gives me the unique opportunity to show anyone, anywhere in the world pieces that may be rare, valuable, or difficult to otherwise display at a much closer scale than even an in-person exhibit could.”