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Virtual museum (N)

A Virtual museum is a collection of digitally recorded images, sound files, text documents, and other data of historical, scientific, or cultural interest that are accessed through electronic media.

A virtual museum does not house actual objects and therefore lacks the permanence and unique qualities of a museum in the institutional definition of the term. Through the hyperlinking and multimedia capabilities of electronic information media, digitized representations can be brought together from multiple sources for enjoyment and study in a manner largely determined by the individual user.

Virtual museums of this type can be a powerful tool for comparative study and for research into a particular subject, material, or locality.