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Virtual walk-through at Egmore museum to be introduced soon

Embracing the new normal:An inside view of the Government Museum at EgmoreB. JOTHI RAMALINGAMB. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Embracing the new normal:An inside view of the Government Museum at EgmoreB. JOTHI RAMALINGAMB. JOTHI RAMALINGAM  

The Government Museum in Egmore, which was closed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, is gearing up for a post-pandemic world, and is putting in place various measures, such as multiple handwash facilities, redesigned toilets and an online ticketing system. Also in the works is a virtual reality (VR) museum experience that people can enjoy from the comfort of their homes.

An app has been rolled out on a trial basis. It will enable people to virtually visit the museum and use VR sets to get a real feel of its artefacts from their homes. “This can take the museum to the people with a lot of background information about artefacts. People can zoom into the objects and details of each artefact will be made available in English and Tamil. This should be ready in about one to one-and-a-half months,” a senior official told The Hindu.

A team of youth, which was selected through a tender process, has shot drone visuals to provide a walk-through experience of the museum.

Steps were being taken to ensure that when the government allows the museum to start functioning again, safety of visitors will get top priority.

“Civil work is progressing on the premises. We are setting up a number of handwash facilities and toilets are being refurbished keeping in mind the practicalities and precautions to be taken against COVID-19,” the official said. The sale of tickets will mostly be cashless, with QR codes provided to make digital payments. “The number of visitors will be restricted as physical distancing must be maintained,” said the official.

Groups of visitors are likely to be asked to pre-book their visits. “We are working on the modalities of the group visits,” the official added.

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