The extent of COVID19’s effect has been so great that the world is still scrambling to catch up with the changes. Although it has affected every aspect of humanity, its greatest impact has been on tourism. The pandemic has jailed people in their homes barring them from visiting any famous place in the world. Museums that saw millions of people visiting them every month have been deserted since last year with no end in sight.
Given the situation and uncertainly of the future, the Louvre Museum has made the entirety of its collection available online. Yes, it has made its 482,000 items available at collections.louvre.fr for anyone to see. For free! This comes as a part of a major revamp of Lovre’s online presence. President-director Jean-Luc Martinez said, “It’s a step that has been in preparation for several years with the aim of serving the general public as well as researchers. Accessibility is at the heart of our mission.”
Not everyone can travel to France to visit the Louvre which is why this move could be immensely helpful to a lot of people around the world. It would also let people marvel at the Mona Lisa without having to go through the overwhelming crowd usually present around it in the Louvre.
Interestingly, the items in the museum are also available in VR at https://store.steampowered.com/app/515020/The_VR_Museum_of_Fine_Art/