Here at the Anime Art Museum, we understand that the mission of a museum is to collect and preserve influential moments in time amid an ever evolving world. With the growth of technology and the expansion of online interface, it is becoming more of a challenge for museums to attract the interest of our younger generations—the very generation responsible for carrying museums into the future. Museums continue to be a wealth of knowledge for everyone, why not continue to provide these services and collections through a limitless online platform?
In the wake of technology’s rapid growth, virtual reality, or VR, makes its return. VR headsets are providing anyone with a smart phone the ability to access an immersive environment made real by manipulating the users’ sense of sight and sound. The experience of being transported within seconds alone is enough to capture the attention of users, so what would happen if we added an educational component? How can this platform be utilized to move museums forward?
VR headsets take the near infinite knowledge that museums can offer and immerses visitors in these historical moments and collections. By building a virtual platform where students can access collections, classes, film screenings, lectures and discussions, or even hold online club meetings open to international members, is exactly the step forward museums need. Pairing the virtual platform with a VR headset will further make museum experiences unforgettable for all ages, and something we would like to make available to museums everywhere.
It is our responsibility as exhibitionists to not only collect and preserve artifacts, but to put them on display so that the community can learn and grow from it. We at the Anime Art Museum are passionate about utilizing existing and advancing technology to make our museum experience unforgettable. Our drop down menu in this “INNOVATION” column shows two of our current programs being developed to keep museums moving forward.