Virtual Museum Visits

It’s amazing how fast the Internet is making museums and historic sites more accessible every day!  Now everyday people can visit some of the world’s top art museums without the expense of a plane ticket, thanks to Google’s Art Project ( http://www.googleartproject.com/ ).  Not only do they provide a detailed look at the museums’ collections, but they manage to present a 360˚ tour of the actual galleries! 

Imagine families, classrooms, and home-bound seniors being able to walk through the Palace of Versailles in France or the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia!  In my opinion, experiencing the paintings, sculptures, furnishings, and other decor in their actual settings, even in a virtual setting, makes them more real and impressive than looking at a photograph. 

Of course, this will never replace the sense of awe and history that can only come from ACTUALLY being in Versailles… but for people limited by their location, finances, and health, it could open up a whole new world.  This large project could be only the beginning of museum and historic site access online! 

What do you think?  Could you one day see Pennsbury Manor offering a virtual tour of the buildings and grounds for those who cannot make the trip?   Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!