Visit museums from afar with videoconferencing

Monday, June 25 2012

Whether they showcase fine art or scientific marvels, museums are an amazing way for people to learn about the wonders of the world. There are thousands of museums scattered across the globe, and each contains its own set of invaluable artifacts.

Of course, these museums are not always easy to attend. That doesn't mean, however, that their collections need to be inaccessible. Many of these institutions are now using video conferencing as a way for distant fans to see some of their best offerings. School groups and individuals are finding that this is a great way to explore museums that might otherwise be out of reach.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for example, offers an extensive battery of online conferencing options. Students can hear guides and docents discuss the Apollo missions, the history of flight and many other subjects.

It's not just scientific progress that can be explored through the technology. At the Australian Museum, distant guests can learn about how three artists have been inspired by specimens found in the museum.

For centuries, museums have been used as bastions of art, science and culture. Until the advent of video conferencing, however, this trove was limited to those who could physically attend.