Virtual Reality Fireworks Above the Forbidden City

A major retrospective show at Beijing’s Forbidden City opened in December as a part of the complex’s 600th-anniversary commemorations. The exhibition, which is known as Odyssey and Homecoming, is set to run until 5th February and contains many paintings, videos and other documents. However, the signature piece for the show is a virtual reality installation that allows visitors

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How Niantic’s Lightship AR is Pioneering the Future of Augmented Reality Experiences

In a groundbreaking move, the creator of the globally acclaimed augmented reality (AR) phenomenon, Pokemon Go, has embarked on an innovative collaboration with a selection of museums and prestigious institutions to launch its latest venture, Lightship. Niantic, the force behind this initiative, aims to democratize the groundbreaking AR technology pioneered by Pokemon Go, making it accessible to a

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UffiziKids: Igniting Young Imaginations at Italy’s Leading Museum

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has unveiled its latest project, #UffiziKids, during the past weekend, introducing a new scheme aimed at engaging younger audiences. This initiative brings forth 40 specially trained personnel dedicated to guiding children through the museum’s extensive collections. Despite being Italy’s top attraction, the Uffizi Gallery experienced a significant drop in visitation numbers, plunging from

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Children Takeover UK Museums And Reach Two Million On Social Media

Last week 70 museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites across the UK were taken over by children and young people for the annual Kids in Museums Takeover Day and show an extraordinary amount of engagement not just within museums but across social media. Takeover Day sees young people take over jobs normally done by adults at museums and

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Museum Considers Moving Statue of Slave Merchant

The London-based Museum of the Home is actively exploring the relocation of a contentious statue depicting Sir Robert Geffrye, a seventeenth-century figure who amassed a considerable fortune through the slave trade. This statue has been a focal point of debate, given its presence at the museum’s entrance in the East End of London. The museum itself, originally named

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Unlocking Billions in Research Value: The Digital Revolution of the Natural History Museum’s Collection

A groundbreaking study conducted in collaboration with London’s Natural History Museum has revealed the immense potential value of digitizing its vast collection of 80 million objects, which could revolutionize research across the globe and generate billions in economic value. For the first time, the study examined the multifaceted benefits of such an extensive digitization effort, focusing on its

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Uniting Science and Society: The Natural History Museum’s Role at COP26

The London Natural History Museum has unveiled its participation in the upcoming COP26 climate conference with a series of engaging events. The museum will partner with The New York Times Climate Hub, an innovative forum designed for both online and in-person dialogue at the Glasgow summit. This initiative aims to create a collaborative platform where climate experts, policymakers,

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Stonewall National Museum and Archives Launch LGBTQ Digital Exhibit

One of the biggest LGBTQ cultural organisations in the United States, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, launched a brand new digital exhibition in October. The organisation, which has the largest set of LGBTQ archives and libraries in the southern state of Florida announced the start of ‘In Plain Sight’, a digital experience that is designed to highlight

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Nigerian Artists Offer British Museum Swap

A new guild of artists in Nigeria has proposed exchanging current works of art for those housed in the British Museum’s collection in London. The guild, from Benin City, said that it wanted to encourage the return of some priceless artworks, known as the Benin Bronzes. These were looted from the royal court of Benin in 1897. At

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