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The Project «The Russian Museum: the Virtual Branch»

The Project «The Russian Museum: the Virtual Branch» has been directed by The Russian Museum since 2003.

“The Russian museum: the virtual branch” is an international project of the Russian Museum which embodies the idea of making the greatest collection of national art more accessible to the wider public. The possibilities of computer technology let us realise this goal by creating information and educational centres “The Russian Museum: the virtual branch” which are based within institutions of culture and education, both in Russia and abroad.

Each visitor of the virtual branch has the possibility

  • to enter the museum environment and a fascinating world of fine art
  • to learn about the history of the creation and contemporary life of the Russian museum
  • to visit the palaces which are part of the museum complex
  • to explore the computer reconstructions of the lost palace’s interiors
  • to walk round the museum’s rooms, visit the museum’s storage, restoration workshops
  • to discover the well-known and forgotten pages of Russian art history
  • to learn about the lives and creative work of outstanding Russian artists
  • to get involved into the problems of creative work
  • to form an idea about the types, genres, and styles of Russian art
  • to admire the masterpieces from the collection of the museums which are participants of the project.

The structure of the virtual branch consists of an informational and educational class, and a multimedia cinema . The content of the centre is the Mediateka which includes the computer interactive programs together with multimedia films.

The multimedia cinema is the auditorium, equiped with the projecting system, a computer, a DVD-player, audio-system. In multimedia cinema there are films and programs presented that are created with the use of latest achievments of IT. For example, the program “The Virtual World of the Russian Museum” gives an opportunity not only let one have a virtual tour around palaces and parks of the Russian museum’s complex and get acquainted with museum’s exposition, but also helps users have a look at the reconstructions of the lost interiors etc. Thanks to modern computer technologies users of the program have an opportunity to walk through one painting into another with the help of specially constructed 3D space.

In the informational and educational class-room equipped with computers there are interactive multimedia programs presented along with printed editions on collections of the Russian museum, history of Russian art, history of palaces and parks of museum complex. Here visitors can work with the components of Mediateka on their own, visit the web-portal of the informational and educational centre, the web-site of the Russian museum and the other Internet-resources on cultural heritage of Russia. There are also special classes for children and students held using various educational methods including that of Russian centre for museum pedagogics and children’s creative work.

In the informational and educational class-room and multimedia cinema visitors are offered:

  • virtual excursions and trips,
  • lessons and classes with the usage of the Mediateka’s fund,
  • master-classes, lectures and meetings with the artists,
  • web-studios demontrating the process of creation of Internet-resources,
  • teaching seminars with the usage of modern comunicational resources and latest methods of distant education,
  • educational competitions and contests based on materials of Mediateka,
  • informational service for individual visitors.

The Web-portal “The Russian Museum: the Virtual Branch” covers activities of the Project and provides interconection between organisations participating in the Project.

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