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Teylers Museum
Picturae | Teylers Museum

Time Machine

The Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in the Netherlands, works like a time machine. In the blink of an eye, you can see how our grandparents' grandparents studied physical phenomena.

The question put to us by the Teylers Museum was the following: how can you make the general public a participant in all of this beautiful, educational material? We came up with an answer to their question. By making the online visitor feel as if they're visiting a real gallery. For example, when entering the virtual Cabinet of Physics, the individual decides where they would like to stand in the room, and as they look around, they will see a beautiful collection of 18th and 19th century scientific instruments. Once used to conduct research and give demonstrations, these instruments can now be viewed on the Teylers Museum website, from every conceivable angle.

Virtual visit

The Teylers Museum asked Picturae to digitally map out two galleries, including all of the objects found in these rooms. 360-degree panoramic shots were taken of the rooms, which were then manipulated in such a way that digital visitors would be able to take a virtual walk through the space. This is a fantastic way to prepare for (or supplement) a real visit to a museum since the original museum environment is preserved using photography. This is precisely the context Teylers had in mind.

360 degrees

While you imagine yourself in the museum's Instrument Hall and Oval Room via the website, your visit to the museum will no longer be limited to merely viewing the objects in their pre-determined positions. In the virtual environment, it is possible to "remove" some 750 objects from their display cases. You can also zoom in on the objects and access further information about them. Picturae has digitised all of these objects using 360-degree photography. This technique involves taking a series of digital photographs, one after the other, from different angles. These photos are then edited to create a single digital object so that they may be displayed on a website in 360 degrees.