Virtual-reality tourism - a new way to experience museums

The Grand Duchy's museums are turning towards digital technology, offering 3D experiences and virtual visits of their collections

02-tourisme virtuel-muséeWould you like to know all about a museum's collections so that you can prepare your visit in advance? Maybe you aren't able to visit the Grand Duchy this year, but you'd like to dip into its history from a distance? In the Grand Duchy, new technological applications allow you to try virtual tourism in order to gain an understanding of the country's cultural heritage.

Here's a first round-up of activities that will turn you into a professional virtual tourist: the museums.

Your personalised museum visits, using the new technologies

The Lëtzebuerg City Museum has adopted digital technology - each visit is now a customised experience. The #MuseTechLounge space has been accessible since early 2019; its purpose is to enable visitors to discover the city and its history using digital tools, including a giant touch screen. Using the Villux system, it makes it possible to superimpose contemporary aerial photographs of the city on old land registry plans.

A new app can also be downloaded onto your smartphone - just ask at the museum's reception desk. For the visually impaired, or for people who don't have a smartphone, the museum has a dozen tablets available. Visitors can choose between two guided tours: one lasting about 45 minutes, for grown ups, and a shorter version - 24 minutes long - for children. History buffs can choose the 'discovery mode', which offers a comprehensive tour with up to five levels of explanations for certain items!

Or you can take a 3D tour of the museum from the comfort of your own armchair!

The museums are not only the custodians of creative art works - they are themselves also centres for creation. This approach is more than obvious at the National Museum of History and Art (Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art - MNHA), which has offered 'MNHA Design Jam' workshops this year: an opportunity for the public to get to grips with the new technologies, test their creativity in a series of thought-provoking activities on the creation of art works, and provide feedback that is valuable for future museum experiences.

It's also possible to discover the MNHA by means of a series of immersive interactive 3D tours. The museum has used cutting-edge scanning technology to be able to offer an exciting digital experience of the Grand Duchy's cultural heritage. Additionally, the collections can be viewed on the museum's website, and virtual exhibitions are now available. Key items of Luxembourg's 'faience' ware (fine tin-glazed earthenware pottery) are just a click away!

Favourable political context in the Grand Duchy

The Grand Duchy offers a good example of the way State intervention and a national strategy are able to promote the development of the digitalisation of cultural heritage. The aim is to enable tourists to explore the content of a museum in advance and from a distance, so that they are better able to prepare their visits, and also to promote the discovery of the cultural heritage for handicapped people, who often find it difficult to access certain places and buildings. In addition, the Grand Duchy is consolidating its position as a vital stakeholder in the digital economy sector. The Grand Duchy has a favourable framework of regulations that are adapted to the latest technological developments, so it is quite likely that there will soon be more virtual tourism projects.

(Article written by the editorial team of the portal

  • Updated 07-08-2019