Museums in the Metaverse

The Museums in the Metaverse (MiM) project will create a ground-breaking two-sided Extended Reality (XR) Culture and Heritage platform. It will empower online visitors to explore vast cultural assets in engaging new ways; enable novice and expert curators to create new content; and explore models of use to support sustainable economic and cultural growth. 

The project will harness the University of Glasgow's global reputation for research in digital cultural heritage and XR to develop an innovative solution to the physical and geographical constraints that can limit concrete exhibitions to less than 10% of the objects held in collections, and limit audience reach by cost, distance, and accessibility. 

One side of the proposed platform is for visitors to gain access to a rich array of museums, sites, objects, and novel and dynamic experiences. The other is for virtual curators, where experts and novices alike, can build enriching and entertaining narratives using objects and virtual environments that have never before been placed together in the real world. 

PI: Dr Neil McDonnell; CIs: Dr Pauline Mackay, Professor Maria Economou, Professor Murray Pittock

Partners: Edify, Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland, University of Glasgow

Funding: Levelling Up Innovation Accellerator Funding, Innovate UK

Art: Midjourney interpretations of how virtual musuems of the future might look.