The project ERA Virtual – Museums was developed in order to increase the dissemination and promotion of the cultural and scientific information in Brazil. It entails the creation and diffusion of interactive and immersion virtual tours on Museums and on Brazilian Science Centres in 4 different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English.

Such virtual tours offer the user the perspective of a true visit. They are available free of charge on the internet through the website www.eravirtual.org and also on DVD- ROMs that are distributed for free as well. The virtual visitor wends different ways and undergoes interactive experiences with the museological space. Besides that, all the collection can be zoomed in and out, seen from a 360° perspective, accessed via the multimedia, and experienced through interactive games.

1. OBJECTIVES
To democratize the access to information of Museum by means of a web address whose access would be public and free;
To disseminate and promote the Science and the Technology by means of virtual tours to real exhibitions, widening therefore their social and cultural scopes;
To create a cultural product of good quality that can be adopted as free didactic material in schools and also be used as a source for researches and studies in the domains of museology, preservation and security of collections;
To turn Brazil into a reference point in the process of exhibition and democratization of the information.
2. RESULTS
It has made available 15 virtual visits to Museums on the following address: www. eravirtual.org;
It has received great reception from the press, television, and the internet with regard to the dissemination of each launched visit;
There is a forecast for developing virtual visits of more than 20 Museums in 2012;
It has established a partnership with the Ministry of Education and the State Secretariat of Education in order to ensure free pressing and distribution of virtual visit DVDs to state schools.
3. CONCLUSION
The building of an interactive support for virtual visits to museums makes feasible a considerable expansion of its social and cultural scopes; not only because the internet makes the access greater, but also because such project modernizes the language, improving therefore the communication with children and youngsters. ERA VIRTUAL is a network of museums available to virtual visit whose initiative has become a reference point in the process of democratization of science and culture by means of the internet.

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Virtual tours of museums
Technology in art and science promotion

Carla Sandim   ERA Virtual

Rodrigo Coelho   ERA Virtual

The project ERA Virtual – Museums was developed in order to increase the dissemination and promotion of the cultural and scientific information in Brazil. It entails the creation and diffusion of interactive and immersion virtual tours on Museums and on Brazilian Science Centres in 4 different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English.

Such virtual tours offer the user the perspective of a true visit. They are available free of charge on the internet through the website www.eravirtual.org and also on DVD- ROMs that are distributed for free as well. The virtual visitor wends different ways and undergoes interactive experiences with the museological space. Besides that, all the collection can be zoomed in and out, seen from a 360° perspective, accessed via the multimedia, and experienced through interactive games.

1. OBJECTIVES
To democratize the access to information of Museum by means of a web address whose access would be public and free;
To disseminate and promote the Science and the Technology by means of virtual tours to real exhibitions, widening therefore their social and cultural scopes;
To create a cultural product of good quality that can be adopted as free didactic material in schools and also be used as a source for researches and studies in the domains of museology, preservation and security of collections;
To turn Brazil into a reference point in the process of exhibition and democratization of the information.
2. RESULTS
It has made available 15 virtual visits to Museums on the following address: www. eravirtual.org;
It has received great reception from the press, television, and the internet with regard to the dissemination of each launched visit;
There is a forecast for developing virtual visits of more than 20 Museums in 2012;
It has established a partnership with the Ministry of Education and the State Secretariat of Education in order to ensure free pressing and distribution of virtual visit DVDs to state schools.
3. CONCLUSION
The building of an interactive support for virtual visits to museums makes feasible a considerable expansion of its social and cultural scopes; not only because the internet makes the access greater, but also because such project modernizes the language, improving therefore the communication with children and youngsters. ERA VIRTUAL is a network of museums available to virtual visit whose initiative has become a reference point in the process of democratization of science and culture by means of the internet.

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