Exploration of Remote Museum Sections Archaeological artifacts that belong to the same thematic collection or period are often scattered around the world. Cypriot archaeological finds are a good example of this, which makes it difficult for museum visitors, tourists and even archaeology researchers to see and appreciate them holistically. An intermediate solution was for Cypriot stakeholders, especially the A.G. Leventis Foundation, to fund the establishment and curation of Cypriot collections in museum sections abroad.
These museums (including the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg and many others) have created special sections holding the Cypriot artifacts in their own premises. However, this fragmentation of Cypriot archaeological finds scattered around the world presents stakeholders with the problem of enabling the general public to view and explore the Cypriot collections from a single location, regardless of the location these artifacts are currently being displayed. As part of the RISE proposition, we have proposed to stakeholders the use of interactive media as an umbrella technology to interconnect the different Cypriot sections and enable the public to explore any of these sections from any other section.
We are utilizing sets of sparse panoramic images and VR technology (i.e. Oculus Rift) to allow users to navigate and interact with these remote museum sections of Cypriot archaeology. We have developed a pilot demonstrator of this technology to communicate with the stakeholders, better understand their needs and offer them a glimpse of how this interactive technology can be used in the future to better serve museum attendees and tourists.
Cyprus Museum, A.G. Leventis Foundation.