September 27, 2021

The British Museum Prepares For Trial of Virtual Reality Headsets During VR Weekend

From The Telegraph:

The British Museum is to introduce virtual reality headsets for teenagers, as it acknowledges that the traditional way of looking at objects in display cabinets no longer holds sufficient appeal for the young.

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This Saturday, the institution will hold its first virtual reality weekend aimed at teens and their families. Visitors aged 13 and over will don headsets enabling them to step inside a 3D Bronze Age roundhouse filled with representations of the museum’s treasures.

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She [Jill Cook, the museum’s keeper of Britain, Europe and Prehistory] added: “If we were still the institution we were 40 years ago, aimed at academics and audiences that had been through at least A-levels if not tertiary education, we wouldn’t be relevant now.

“We have to attract different sets of people. There is still space for the traditional visitors to come to the museum and enjoy objects in the traditional way, to take a stool and draw with a pencil and paper if that’s what they’d like to do. All of those things are still possible.

Additional Info About “Virtual Reality Weekend at the British Museum” in this News Release

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