Published: December 18, 2015
NEW YORK CITY — A museum visit can be short and sweet or an all-day affair, if one has the time to linger in front of one’s favorite paintings, along with dozens or hundreds of other museum visitors. Imagine a world though in which you are the only one in the museum and you could spend the morning in the Courtauld Gallery in London and hop over to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art by lunchtime.
WoofbertVR, in partnership with Reload Studios, just launched its WoofbertVR app, offering virtual museum tours to landmark museums around the world. The app is available to download now and the Courtauld is the first museum to be featured, with additional museums expected to be added every four to six weeks, starting in the new year.
Company cofounder Robert Hamwee, who reportedly was inspired to design a virtual museum experience when his children balked at standing in a long line on a chilly spring day a few years ago when waiting to get into the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., told the Hypergrid Business website that this app would foster open access for those not able to get to these museums and that they have had strong interest from museum partners. “What museums are excited about — among other things — is access,” he said. “Pretty soon, a kid with a smartphone in India can visit the Louvre.”
The app is presently available through the Oculus app on a Samsung phone.
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