Going Virtual: The Rise of the Post-Internet Museum

Ashleigh Black

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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions,
many museums and institutions were forced to close their doors and had to think of new ways in which to engage the public. A new age has risen, dubbed the era of the ‘Post-Internet art museum’ by Walsh (2007: 20). This paper examines the impact of virtual exhibitions and how they will shape the future of curatorship and museums. This paper also analyses how visitors engage with the virtual platforms used by museums and other institutions such as blogging sites, social media networks and Omeka. Using the author’s own virtual exhibition as a case study, this essay will open discussions regarding the future of physical exhibition spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalGranite Journal: The University of Aberdeen Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • museum studies
  • post-Internet
  • public engagement
  • digital exhibitions
  • virtual


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