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Museum 3D - A virtual exhibition space as a DigiLab for museums and teaching

Digital technologies play a central role in research as well as knowledge transfer. They are not only used in the development of discovery, symbolisation and communication tools, but also for interactive feedback. At the heart of Virtual Archaeology is 3D modelling, which allows us to understand and explore archaeological objects as cultural creations in space, time and their original three-dimensional context of use. 3D visualisations of objects and artefacts can therefore be used in a variety of ways in teaching contexts as well as in museum experience scenarios. They offer students in particular the opportunity to view and analyse objects that require special storage and handling for conservation reasons from all sides in digital space. Incomplete or only fragmentarily preserved objects can be supplemented virtually and artefacts can be reconstructed in their original context of installation. At the same time, the virtual preparation of artefacts offers the possibility of juxtaposing different object genres and examining them in a direct comparison.
As part of the project, a virtual exhibition space is to be designed that can be used as an experimental laboratory for training in the handling of objects, for method-oriented and interdisciplinary teaching formats, and for the design of special student exhibitions.

Contact: Dr. Michaela Stark and Dr. Claudia Schmieder

As a learning environment, a virtual museum space not only provides an immersive experience that enables a practical and playful engagement with the often fragile objects from collection holdings, it also offers space for learning essential skills in working with the objects and in museum education. In virtual reality, various scenarios are recommended for integrating comparative seeing and experiencing objects in their spatiality and in relation to other objects into teaching and outreach concepts: Correct 'learning to see' and the comparative viewing of objects are, like the process of description, essential components of the analysis of archaeological artefacts, which provide information about the temporal and geographical location of an object as well as its semantic connotation, and in this respect belong to the fundamental skills that students of visual studies must acquire. A virtual learning environment creates the ideal conditions to engage with an archaeological object on different levels. In this way, tutorials and immersive learning units can be created with the learning sequences designed by students within the framework of the planned course in the summer semester 2023, which train first-year students in the correct "seeing" of image science as well as in the handling and analysis of artefacts. Especially in the basic modules, in which students have to learn a large amount of basic subject knowledge as well as new scientific working methods, this makes it easier for them to start their studies. First-year students are introduced to basic methodological skills in a playful way, the acquisition of which helps to sustainably support their academic success. As an experimental laboratory, a virtual exhibition space also offers many opportunities for practical training in cultural heritage education.

You can currently explore three themes that students have designed in a class: Temple, Tomb and Roman House. You can access the project via this link:

Information on the content and use is available here.

We hope you enjoy your journey into antiquity!

Note: You will be directed to the HessenBox via the link provided. There you can download Museum 3D as a ZIP file. Once you have opened the downloaded folder, click on the file "Museum_Darstellung". It is likely that you will then receive a warning from your firewall, as "running this app may pose a security risk to your PC". You can safely ignore this message and run the file anyway - the programme does not in any way represent a security risk! You also do not need to update your graphics driver to run the programme. You can skip this step!