It’s date night, and that usually means a night out doing something fun together. Maybe experience some art, culture, and expensive wine at the museum. But of course, that’s not happening anytime soon. Everything’s closed. Parks, exhibitions, your favourite eateries.
Some places, however, have looked at new ways to bring that experience into your homes. We’re probably familiar with food delivery services, and simple date nights like Netflix and chilling. But that’s not the focus of this article. Instead, we’re looking at something key to surviving this pandemic — adaptability.
Can we begin to reimagine how we can experience a physical space in an online world?
The Pandemic Picture
Some of you might have heard the bad news that a lot of our beloved museums are being forced to close, and not just temporarily. What’s worse is that they’re not boutique museums either. Unfortunately, some of the more iconic and beloved exhibitions have declared that without government assistance, we could see as much as 30% of these museums fold during this crisis.
It’s difficult for businesses and institutions that rely so heavily on actual foot traffic and ticket sales to move their business parameters online. Even if they did so, the experience wouldn’t be easily mapped over. Before the pandemic even hit us, museums had already begun providing some virtual tours of their exhibitions for free, such as the world famous Musée du Louvre in Paris. Employing the use of 360 degree photos, they’ve allowed visitors to still ‘explore’.