Virtual museums - more than just baubles
The Expotheque serves as a testing ground for the future master plan for the State Museum of Baden. Not only in Karlsruhe are large stores kept far away from visitors in archives, museums around the world have just a small fraction of their exhibits on display. Even now, 3D digitizing is helping provide the entire inventory in a digital catalog. The idea of including a digitization station in the “Archeology in Baden” exposition was an early one in the planning process: “Feeling them yourself opens an emotional door to the objects,” said Carolin Freitag, project manager and coordinator of the “Archeology in Baden” exposition. “Digitizing the object they just held in their own hands will give visitors a memorable experience and vividly explain how a digital archive works.” The digital relics will not only benefit the people at the museum: “The idea of a digital catalog is to let everyone look at the exhibits, whether at home or even on the go,” explained Freitag.
Even the minister-president of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, has been won over by the idea: On 18 July, he visited Karlsruhe Palace to explore the Expotheque, which includes other highlights such as a VR tour through different historical scenarios in addition to the digitization station. For more information on prices and hours, visit https://www.landesmuseum.de/en/museum/museum-in-the-palace/permanent-exhibitions/archaeology-in-baden