The British Museum, home to an impressive permanent collection of eight million works and renowned as the world’s largest museum, has taken a leap into the metaverse by teaming up with the metaverse platform The Sandbox.
The collaboration aims to create a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) along with a dedicated virtual space for the museum.
This venture will allow users to delve into the virtual realm and explore some of the most famous collections of human history, art, and culture that the British Museum has housed since its establishment.
The digital collectibles have been crafted in partnership with LaCollection, a pioneering company that enables individuals to own digital versions of physical artworks by collaborating with esteemed cultural institutions.
This isn’t the first time the British Museum and LaCollection have joined forces; they’ve previously collaborated to transform select artworks, including masterpieces from artists Hokusai and Joseph Mallord William Turner, into NFTs.
The British Museum’s foray into the metaverse reflects a growing trend among museums embracing Web3 technologies. In January, The Orlando Museum of Art unveiled its first NFT exhibition, “Twentysomethings,” showcasing works from Fabio Sandoval’s private NFT collection.
Likewise, in 2022, the Museum of the Future in Dubai announced a notable partnership with the Binance NFT marketplace, heralding the launch of its first NFT collection, titled “The Most Beautiful NFTs in the Metaverse.”
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