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.

Exciting New Archaeological Education Tool!

I just discovered the Virtual World Project!

It is a collection of 360′ tours of archaeological sites in Jordan and Israel. Included is al-Mudayna, where I excavated with Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004. It’s amazing how spending 2 months in a place can make you still miss it 7 years later.

Also included is one of my favourite sites in Jordan, Qasr Amra. I never had the chance to visit this site as it is much farther out in the Jordanian desert (hopefully I will one day), but it is a gorgeous bath house from the Umayyad period, probably dating from the early 8th century. It is most famous for its well preserved frescoes. Anyone who knows me will attest that I am always drawn by the frescoes, no matter where or when a site is. I have always found them to be an unequaled window into the mind of the artist and in turn the people of that time. Far more personal that tools or other utilitarian artefacts.

Qasr Amra Frescoes in the Bath House

So, if you fancy a walk through tour around some of the best archaeological sites in the middle east, check it out!

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