During the ongoing pandemic, for many people around the world, going on a museum tour has not been easy, if possible at all. Luckily, virtual-everything is available now and museums to are included in this. You have to adapt they say!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art publicized its collaboration with Verizon on The Met Unframed, a virtual art and gaming experience.
The Met Unframed includes nearly 50 works of art of the Metropolitan’s collection, prearranged in digitally rendered galleries for you to check out.
The Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Max Hollein mentioned that “Our mission since The Met’s founding 150 years ago has been to connect people to art and ideas, and one another, something we have found to be stronger than ever over these last months of quarantine and uncertainty. The Met Unframed brings the Museum to audiences wherever they are in an innovative viewing experience in which users can virtually visit iconic spaces and engage with The Met’s masterpieces, learn more about the works playfully through AR, and enjoy bringing the art into one’s surroundings.”
Some of the best arts available to visit virtually in this program include renderings of The Met Cloisters’ Unicorn Tapestries, Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm, Vincent Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Cypresses, Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing Delaware, five paintings by Jacob Lawrence, and massive works from the Temple of Dendur in Egypt.
Those who have 5G capabilities on their devices can enjoy this new experience, while the tour works on all devices with 4G as well. However, those who have upgraded to the new platform have the access to special features and interactions. There is this one feature that allows you to “unlock” the piece of art to “borrow” the art for 15 minutes. This feature allows the app to unlock your phone’s camera so you can digitally, let’s say “hang” it on your wall.