Two really excellent online museum exhibits

The Secret annex Online (Anne Frank Museum – Amsterdam)

This online tour through the 3D hiding place of Anne Frank, her family, and the others she was in hiding with during Hitler’s invasion of the Netherlands, uses video and sound to tell the story as you travel through the space. There are excerpts from Anne’s diary, radio broadcasts they were listening to, and interviews with those who survived the war.

Click here to visit.

This is brilliant, but very heavy – You Will Cry.



Digital Monet: Galeries Nationales, Grand Palais, Paris

On a much lighter note, the Grand Palais, Paris’ online exhibition of Monet’s Impressionism collection is like a stroll through the park on a warm spring day.

There are two main sections to this online exhibit; the first is a more traditional slide show through the paintings in the onsite exhibit – although with an excellent level of zoom, allowing you to get much closer to the paintings then you ever would in the gallery setting. The second, which they call the ‘Journey’ is my favourite; It takes you through a series of the paintings, allowing the viewer to interact with the paintings as you travel. Works best with a webcam and microphone.

Visit Digital Monet by clicking here.

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  1. Thanks very much for these links – both fantastic examples of how far the technology has come over the past few years. I recollect how in my Museum Practices seminar five years ago, students voiced strong opposition to the very concept of a virtual museum. The Google Art Project seems to be a wake up call on that knee-jerk reaction. Further, I find the virtual Anne Frank house points to the importance of having some version of the experience, whether you have the funds and time to go to Amsterdam or not. The virtual experience is no more or less a representation of the Anne Frank house than the Anne Frank photo exhibits that tour, the documentary films or the picture books that have been produced over the years. The virtual technology has certainly now also come of age. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your comment!

      I completely agree, I remember meeting with resistance to online exhibits in the past; a fear that they would somehow replace the physical museum. But as you say, with a subject such as Anne Frank, it’s too important not to have an online presence. Not every school child can go to Amsterdam and visit the hiding place themselves – but the opportunity for emotionally understanding her story – and as a result the story of the Holocaust, is too important to deny.

      Personally, I think the online exhibits enhance the onsite experience; they create an excitement and a desire to see things in the physical world. Although, the magic of the real life visit can never be replaced by images on a screen.

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