Local Journalism Initiative: Virden hopes to create dynamic oil museum in near future

Local Journalism Initiative: Virden hopes to create dynamic oil museum in near future. “The Manitoba Oil Museum has been a corporation since 1992, and has evolved a lot since then, from a brick-and-mortar museum to a presence at trade shows. A provincial Petroleum Branch worker reached out to [Liza] Park recently, telling her they’d hired a researcher to look through the archives of the museum and compile information for an online website.”

The Register: We need a Library of Congress – but for the digital world

The Register: We need a Library of Congress – but for the digital world. “There’s a good reason why thoughtful technologists find emulation exciting. One of the real intellectual thrills is that it preserves the exact experience of using vintage software, going back to the very first days of commercial computing. It’s like going to a museum to see a Model T Ford, only to find there’s an infinite supply of them, fueled up and ready to go, waiting for you in a period-perfect replica of a 1920s Detroit suburb. There is not a single museum director who wouldn’t put their grandmother in a glass case to offer that sort of experience for their visitors, and we techies can just whistle it up.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Lost landmarks of the Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle: Lost landmarks of the Bay Area. “In a city that has gone to war against sugary sodas, residents still took the 2020 loss of a Coca-Cola billboard hard, like someone was tearing down one of the Painted Ladies. When the Cliff House sign was removed — the art deco sign, not the actual Cliff House — hundreds arrived to mourn. So we’re building a virtual museum, tracking the most prominent lost landmarks of the last 50 years (including, sadly, more than a few that came down during the pandemic).”

‘Don’t be afraid to fail’: digital storytelling experiments in small museums (Museums + Heritage Advisor)

Museums + Heritage Advisor: ‘Don’t be afraid to fail’: digital storytelling experiments in small museums. “As part of this year’s Museums + Heritage Show the Director of Royal Crown Derby Museum and the Curator of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection share some of their learnings after bolstering their digital storytelling efforts.”

Newsradio 1040: Iowa Hall of Pride Museum to Close, Transition to Online Platform

Newsradio 1040: Iowa Hall of Pride Museum to Close, Transition to Online Platform. “The Iowa Hall of Pride is closing its physical location in downtown Des Moines and moving online. The Iowa High School Athletic Association says the Hall of Pride’s physical museum’s last day open to the public will be June 30th, after which its content will become exclusively available online.”

Port Clinton News Herald: ODNR artifacts showcased in new online museum

Port Clinton News Herald: ODNR artifacts showcased in new online museum. “For many, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources brings thoughts of rippling streams, thick forests, and quiet deer. But the mission of the ODNR also steps out of the woods and into a museum as it focuses on preserving history as passionately as it preserves land. Inspired by that focus, ODNR Director Mary Mertz has unveiled the Cardinal Collection, an online museum highlighting ODNR artifacts.”

Smashing Magazine: Digital Museums For Digital History

Smashing Magazine: Digital Museums For Digital History. “Computer technologies have simplified the process of recording historical events, technological breakthroughs, contemporary art, and everyday life. However, the notion of digital archiving can be deceptive. Often our technical footprints are carved in sand rather than stone.”

IOL (South Africa): ‘Voices of Women Museum’ opens online

IOL (South Africa): ‘Voices of Women Museum’ opens online. ” The ‘Voices of Women Museum’ is now virtual and will be launched on Friday…. Developed as a concept in 2012, the museum has a substantial collection of about 3 000 women’s narratives and story cloths.” You’ll have to give the site a minute to load, but it’s worth the wait. One of the more polished virtual spaces I’ve visited, well done.

Dawn: Pakistan’s first online Antique Cars Museum launched

Dawn: Pakistan’s first online Antique Cars Museum launched. “Shoaib Qureshy, the owner of the online museum, said the idea came to him some two-and-a-half years ago during the Covid-19 lockdowns. ‘We often do classic car shows to share our hobby and our beautiful cars with the general public but we wanted a single platform for this purpose where most of our cars could be showcased. This is the first Pakistan online museum for antique cars where we can show the best of these cars in not just our country but also to the world,’ he said.”

Renovated Mazda Museum Grand Reopening in May: New virtual museum opening today (Mazda)

Mazda Newsroom: Renovated Mazda Museum Grand Reopening in May: New virtual museum opening today. “Due to open to the public on May 23 this year, the museum’s spatial design and displays have seen a complete makeover with the aim to provide customers and people in the community with a space in which they can grow closer to Mazda, as well as to strengthen the Museum’s role as a base for communication of the Mazda brand. Additionally, an online Mazda Museum was launched today on our official website to allow many more visitors to browse through the museum’s displays.”

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Argentina launches new virtual Jewish museum

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Argentina launches new virtual Jewish museum. “Launched last month by the Centro Unión Israelita — which consists of the synagogue and a separate cultural organization — the virtual ‘museum’ includes a timeline of Córdoba’s Jewish history; a 360-degree panoramic tour of the synagogue; explainers on Jewish rituals and holidays; a global map about the places where Córdoba’s Jewish immigrants came from; testimony from a local Holocaust survivor; and an interactive map of the Jewish sites in Córdoba city (Córdoba is the name of both a province of over a million people and its largest city), which include an outdoor Israel Square and a monument to Anne Frank…”

KTVZ: Oregon Historical Society launches new online museum collection portal

KTVZ: Oregon Historical Society launches new online museum collection portal. “OHS’s museum preserves over 75,000 objects that document the history of the region, which includes clothing and textiles, Native American belongings, artworks, vehicles, equipment, and everyday items. At launch, the Portal provides access to the records for over 10,000 of these objects, with new records being added regularly.”

Italics Mag: The Best Italian Museums — The Italics Guide

Italics Mag: The Best Italian Museums — The Italics Guide. “According to the data collected by Istat in 2019, there are over 4,800 museums in Italy. This number includes galleries, archaeological areas, ecomuseums, and monuments. It may not come as much of a surprise, considering the wealth of Italy’s artistic heritage. This is spread throughout the Italian territory: one municipality out of three has at least one museum.” I’m including this because most of the museums featured have some form of digital presence that is discussed.

Apollo: Mission impossible – how to make a museum for artworks that were never made

New-to-me, from Apollo: Mission impossible – how to make a museum for artworks that were never made. “The plans for [Mili] Romano’s installation were one of 55 pieces in the exhibition ‘Hidden Displays 1975–2020. Unrealised projects in Bologna’, recently shown at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo). Letters, pencil sketches and paper maquettes laid out plans for works that never came to fruition, be it for ‘technical, logistical, ideological, financial, moral or ethical’ reasons, as the exhibition explained…. The unrealised projects in the exhibition were originally collected for the digital museum and online archive MoRE, a Museum of Refused and Unrealised Art Projects.”

WTOP: Woman creates virtual Black doll museum

WTOP: Woman creates virtual Black doll museum. “The museum features antique dolls, dolls 80 years or older. [Debbie Behan-Garrett]’s oldest dolls date back to the 1880s. They are a pair of cloth dolls that are handmade by the grandchild of an abolitionist. She features vintage dolls from 1941 through 1960 and modern dolls from 1961 to the present. She also features one-of-a-kind dolls, dolls that can’t be found anywhere else.”