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Museum Learning while Social Distancing

Posted on Apr 2, 2020 by in The OFI Blog |

2020 I2F Fellowship Cohort meeting virtually through Zoom.


With effective video communication tools at our disposal, social distancing can’t stop Smithsonian Interns and Fellows from learning and connecting in cyberspace.

On Tuesday 3/31/20, the I2F Fellowship Cohort gathered for a virtual meeting to discuss the experience of walking (or clicking) through virtual exhibitions and collections, like the National Museum of the American Indian’s Americans exhibit, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (MMCA), the Anne Frank House, and beyond. The cohort pondered questions like “what makes an exhibition successful and can its virtual counterpart fulfill the same purpose?”

In the end, a virtual museum experience may not always have the exact same impact; however, there is already amazing content available to help expand our knowledge, emotional and social connections. This realm of virtual museum experiences is surely integral to greater accessibility and pursuits of an increased diffusion of knowledge. #OpenAccess

If you are interested in exploring virtual museum resources, you can check out the links below to get started: