Introducing Virmuze: Create Exhibits Online
Museums have long needed a way to quickly create and publish online exhibits – and even profit from them. Virmuze is a free exhibit platform, and we want to showcase your art.
If you’ve ever wanted to create an online exhibit for your art, but didn’t know how or didn’t have the resources, this is the post for you!
Let’s live in a fantasy world and flash back to before the coronavirus pandemic for a moment. At that time, I was living in Washington D.C. It’s a fascinating place where people from all over the world work in both U.S. politics and international organizations, and it is also home to a lot of museums. Wikipedia lists 80 active museums in DC, and that isn’t including museums in Maryland and Virginia 20 minutes away. The Smithsonian alone runs 19 museums in the National Mall (it’s a park, not an actual mall — I was confused at first too).
But here’s the thing. Whenever I’ve lived in a place with many things to see, I always put off visiting them – they’re right there and I could do it at any time. So when it came time to leave D.C., I hurriedly spent a solid week visiting all the museums I had missed, despite the insanely hot and humid weather plaguing the city that summer.
While many of Washington’s museums have free admission, some do require reservations due to their huge number of visitors. Some of them have truly massive crowds, and even standing in front of the exhibits I would have to wait for the many layers of people to move on before I could see them. After many hours of fighting my way through the mobs of people I thought, “I’ll just look up the exhibits I missed online later.”
Except the exhibits weren’t online. The websites of all the museums I visited just had basic information about locations, events, hours, and special exhibits. A few have “virtual” components where you can walk through à la Google Street View, but nothing easy to read or engage in.
So I created Virmuze — a free online platform for museums, galleries, artists, and researchers to create beautiful exhibits and easily make them available to the world. You don’t need to know anything about websites to make your online museum – if you can upload a picture to Facebook, you can create your own Virmuze exhibit.
Users of Virmuze can find your work through their Discovery Page recommendations, and they can stay up to date; anything you add to exhibits they follow will appear in their personalized news feed. It’s a fantastic way to keep a collection alive by regularly adding to it. You can see an example of an art exhibit here, or a science exhibit about hurricanes here.
With the conclusion of Akimbo’s Gallery at Home feature, I’m delighted to extend a personal invitation to all Akimbo readers to create your own online art museums. Akimbo has generously offered a 10% discount off their services to promote Virmuze exhibits.
Back to reality
Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has closed all the world’s museums and galleries for months. Many are still closed, and even the ones that reopen are having to deal with many precautions that make the experience of visiting a stressful affair. Attendance is down, and many of the art world’s benefactors are older, and therefore at a higher risk from the coronavirus. There has never been a more compelling time to create your own online exhibits!
- Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can view them.
- Visitors with disabilities can enjoy exhibits they wouldn’t be able to see in person.
- They’re open 24/7.
- There is no space limitation – display however many works you like.
- There is no need for hand sanitizer, face masks, or social distancing when viewing an exhibit online.
- Virmuze has future plans to allow museums to accept donations and sell tickets to view special online exhibits. As an artist or gallery, you will be able to make money from visitors all over the world.
Interested? You can create an account and build your exhibit right now! Here are a few links to help you get started:
- A 5-minute video explaining Virmuze in more detail.
- A 2-minute time-lapse of an exhibit being created. This is not a tutorial! It’s just a quick demo that gives an idea of how fast an exhibit can be created. See the next link for a deeper look.
- An in-depth Virmuze help exhibit explaining how to create an exhibit.
Ready to get started? Register here and create your museum!
As mentioned above, Akimbo is offering a 10% discount off their services to promote work that you create on Virmuze.
Need any help? Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org