The outbreak of COVID-19 and widespread infection brought a considerable change in our lifestyles. For instance, leisure activities and cultural activities such as plays and concerts decreased significantly compared to before COVID-19. However, we have come up with a way to overcome this grim situation: Technology. People have found an innovative way of enjoying exhibitions without physically visiting museums and galleries. Now people can enjoy exhibitions with just a few clicks wherever they are.
The National Science Museum announced that they would open a digital exhibition platform (online exhibition hall) where visitors can enjoy seven special exhibitions at home using electronic devices such as cell phones, PCs, and VR devices. Everyone can enjoy it regardless of time and place – all you have to do is take out your phone from your pocket and access the National Science Museum’s online website.
The museum will offer these seven free exhibitions: ‘Galileo and Newton: The Beginning of Modern Science,’‘Homo Informaticus,’‘Climate Crisis: Act Now,’‘The Movement and Adaptation of Living Things,’‘The Life of Human,’‘Dinosaur Returned,’ and ‘PLASTIC.’ The previous five exhibitions were displayed last year, and the latter two are being unveiled for the first time this year. In addition to exhibitions, explanatory videos will be provided for visitors better to understand the exhibitions’ scientific principles and content.
Yoo Kuk-hee, the National Science Museum director, said, “We will strengthen the online VR exhibition service so that the excellent exhibition contents of the science museum can be provided without restrictions on time and space.” Mr. Yoo also mentioned that he hopes online VR exhibitions will be an opportunity to share science and culture and overcome the stress caused by COVID-19.