As part of the Masterplan Museumsinsel, the Pergamonmuseum has been undergoing renovations section by section since 2013. Its hall housing the renowned Pergamon Altar ‒ the museum’s centrepiece ‒ has been closed on this account since fall 2014. Fortunately, in September 2014 the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities) and the Fraunhofer IGD (Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research) made an elaborate 3D scan of this over 2,000-year-old masterpiece of Hellenistic art. A complete and richly-detailed 3D model of the Pergamon Altar based on this scan is publicly accessible online (with accompanying texts in German).
A 360° film produced in collaboration with the Vorderasiatisches Museum reveals the ancient city of Palmyra in a historically accurate digital reconstruction. The VR project was produced by ZDF/Terra X and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz. In 360° films, multiple virtual tours guide viewers through the highlights of the ancient city, such as the Temple of Bel, the Roman theatre, the colonnades and Hadrian’s Arch.
In collaboration with Studio Jester Blank, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has created its first ever 3D tour of an exhibition. This novel, immersive 3D exhibition is based on Near Life: The Gipsformerei – 200 Years of Casting Plaster, which was held at the James-Simon-Galerie and closed in March 2020. Visitors can move around the virtual exhibition space freely and explore the exhibition and its extraordinary objects as if they were really there. Additionally, 20 of the exhibits can be viewed in extra high-resolution 3D renderings.
A 360-degree tour of the Gemäldegalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin put together in 2020 explores all the exhibition spaces and works on display in the museum. Detailed information such as texts introducing the exhibition areas, audio recordings, videos and links to an online database provide comprehensive access to one of the world’s most important collections of European painting.
A virtual tour makes it possible for interested viewers to explore the Bode-Museum online. With the help of 62 interlinked 360° panoramic views, nearly the entire ground floor and the vast majority of exhibits on the upper level have been captured. The tour offers information about all 850 digitised sculptures and paintings, and includes more than 300 additional links to SMB-digital, the online database of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Thanks to a range of digital offers, our 15 collections can be accessed around the clock – and many of the museums can also be explored on a virtual tour outside their opening hours. Online offers are continuously being developed and enhanced with fascinating new subject matter.