Thailand is forging ahead with a major ‘smart museum’ initiative to make the nation’s masterpieces accessible to the public online.
The aim is to boost engagement and attract 10-11 million visitors next year.
Thailand’s Culture Ministry launched the initiative with six projects at the National Museum of Bangkok.
The ministry has enlisted the help of technology experts in the private sector as well as local universities.
According to Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat, 41 of the nation’s museums are currently being upgraded to ‘smart museums’. Users will be able to view highlights from around 1000 collections on their tablet or smartphone with captions in Thai and English.
A virtual version of the National Museum of Bangkok will offer users a 360-degree view of over 200 collections.
The ‘virtual museum’ will be displayed at the city’s airport and tourist attractions to help attract more visitors to the museums.