Virtual Tours 2020 / 2021, Solo or Social?

Lightning Talk

Friday, April 23, 2021: 12:30pm - 2:00pm - - Lightning Talk

Robin White Owen, MediaCombo, Inc., USA

2020 was the year when suddenly every museum wanted to have a virtual tour, just like a decade ago when every museum wanted to have a mobile app. 2021 could be the year for virtual tours that are actually social, and fun! In this talk I’ll compare last year’s typical virtual museum tours, which were inexpensive to produce and informative but not inviting, with what’s possible to accomplish on virtual platforms that are designed to be social, so that lots of people can visit museum exhibitions together, as they do in real life. We’ll look at social VR platforms like Engage and AltspaceVR, as well as custom virtual museums like VOMA and the Museum of Other Realities, as well as the latest offering in this space, Curatours.