It’s easy to speculate on the translation of real-world, physical items into digital assets or property, as it pertains to the metaverse. But, how exactly would metaverse museums work?
The metaverse could have museums that are similar to what we know now, but with more interactive displays and ways for visitors from all over the world come together.
Just imagine–a museum in this virtual environment would be like any other type of cultural institution; however there’s one major difference: you can travel back through time! Imagine being able explore a famous painting or sculpture not just as an image on screen but rather something standing right before your eyes.
The immersive metaverse museums will be a way to experience human innovations in virtual reality.
Not only is it possible, it’s already happening. Although the metaverse as an ultimate goal is still in a conceptual phase, there are early elements of it— that could be considered “beta” versions of the future, such as the Museum of Digital Life (MoDaL).
As of this writing, MoDaL isn’t exactly overflowing with digital versions of art, history, and culture—it only has 12 pieces—but it is a small slice of future pie. In a virtual world, you could potentially visit hundreds of these digitally rendered repositories of classical, digital art.
The Future Metaverse Museums
After all, that’s what museums are, repositories of human innovations, history, culture, arts, and dreams of the future from those who came before us and those who will come long after.
Digital representations of these institutions would be far more simple to render than a game, sporting event, or concert. Also, there would be no need to encase these things behind locks, glass, infrared and motion sensors, and steel bars.
A museum in the metaverse would be filled with NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) that would likely not be for sale. NFTs are digital assets and though they can be endlessly copied, there can only ever be one original.
It’s designed much in the same way as the real world, you can purchase a thousand copies of the roof of the Sistine Chapel but there can only be one Sistine Chapel roof.
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Digital museums in the metaverse would be repositories for a new kind of human innovations and those innovations will be in the form of NFTs. That includes digital art, digital music, and the history we make within this future, virtual society.
What Would Make These Museums Attractive?
While the metaverse is largely conceptual and even many parts of it are entirely theoretical, the idea of museums within a virtual world would be no different than a museum in real life.
Today, museums struggle to lure in visitors as people become more and more distracted in our highly, “need constant entertainment,” impatient society. In a virtual environment, museums would have far more tools at their disposal that would not only inform, but be immensely entertaining.
For one, museums no longer need to be made of walls but entire forests, or carved into the side of a mountain. Replete with every piece of fantastical art, literature, music, innovations, and histories of those who people the metaverse, a museum could be explored under open sky.
Want to learn about the hundred years war? Why not enter a real-life simulation of the battle of Agincourt, armed and ready to join one side or the other?
There’s a place and a time and a virtual setting for each and every scenario within the known confines of human history, and you could access it from your couch. The monetization possibilities would be incredible as well.
Museums could sell NFTs of just about any kind, such as ancient medieval armor, a complete, lifelike set of Dead Sea Scrolls, the mask of Tutankhamun.
These NFTs could be usable in associated games, all with stats that are unique to that, particular NFT. Imagine raining down hellfire on Genghis Khan’s army while riding a mammoth and wearing the mask of Tutankhamun.
Its easy to let your imagination run pretty wild with a thousand different scenarios. However, museums in the metaverse can give you the one thing that museums in the real world cannot, total immersion.
New and completely virtual museums are already cropping up, such as the Museum of Crypto Art and its easy to see how these virtual environments would easily transfer over into something that is entirely a virtual experience for the visitor.
There’s really no such thing as “it can’t be done” when it comes to the potential for museums in the metaverse. With the capabilities that would be at their disposal, it could be a massive gathering place for socializing, sightseeing, and spending on NFTs.
While metaverse museums would represent everything that real-life museums do, they will have the liberty and capacity to launch a world of experiences and interactions that visitors would remember for a lifetime.