- There are both 3D and 2D exhibits, as well as texts and audio recordings that put them in a broader context, including a special audio description for the blind and visually impaired.
- These also include in-depth interpretations of important issues made by specialists in given fields, available both in text and graphic presentations, and read by familiar voices.
- It is also a source of inspiration for activating museum collections and creating exercises for this purpose.
WMM is a unique nationwide initiative, providing a diverse range of resources from so many museums on one website.
The virtual space provides an opportunity that, in reality, would be extremely difficult to implement: to enjoy exhibits from large and famous museums, as well as with those from smaller centres that contain fascinating, and often little-known, treasures, to meet the artists whose works are dispersed throughout various exhibitions, to learn about the phenomena in the history of art and humanity that can be interpreted through such varied and obscure museum collections.
We hope that visiting our website will give you an opportunity to discover the heritage of our region in a creative manner and encourage you to visit the unique museum collections of Lesser Poland.
The history of WMM in a nutshell
'Wirtualne Muzea Małopolski' is also the name of the project under which this website was created, as well as the Regional Digitization Workshop of The Lesser Poland Institute of Culture in Krakow, where we run this project and provide consultations with those undertaking or already implementing the digitization process related to cultural heritage.
To enrich the resources of the website, that is, to add further digitized collections from museums, galleries and institutions from Lesser Poland, and to enhance the content of the website (contextual texts, manuals, videos, virtual thematic exhibitions, educational materials), we successively implement new projects for which we raise funds from European and departmental sources.
2010-2013: 'Wirtualne Muzea Małopolski'—a project funded from the European Union funds within the Lesser Poland Regional Operational Program for the years 2007-2013 and the budget of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
- involving 35 museums from the Lesser Poland area,
- the establishment of the Council of Experts of the project—selection of exhibits intended for digitization from those submitted by partner museums,
- establishment of the MIK Regional Laboratory of Digitization (purchase of equipment and software, employment of specialists in the field of digitization),
- digitization of 750 2D and 3D objects and development of their digital images,
- preparation of additional materials, both text and audiovisual, enriching knowledge about the presented exhibits.
September 2013: premiere of the Wirtualne Muzea Małopolski website!!!
2013-2014: "Wirtualne Muzea Małopolski Plus"—a project financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within the Long-term Government Program Culture+
- expanding the WMM resources with another 120 objects from four Krakow's museums:
- the Wawel Royal Castle,
- the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology,
- the Egyptological collection of the Archaeological Museum in Krakow,
- additional objects from the ING PAN Geological Museum in Krakow, including the complete representation of the most important meteorites that have fallen in Poland,
- the development of the hardware infrastructure of the RPD MIK.
2015: "Digitization of the most valuable tapestries from the Wawel collection"—a project funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within the Long-term Government Program Culture+
The digitization of 16 large and small-sized tapestries, selected by the curators, representing all thematic and figural groups of the famous collection of Sigismund August: the biblical series (the History of Noah, the History of the Tower of Babel), verdure and grotesque, as well as all genre groups—figural, landscape-animal, monogram, crest, door, above-window, under-window and chair coverings, including—and this is important—fabrics kept every day in the warehouse.
2015: the digitization of 47 exhibits from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK—a project financed by the Lesser Poland Institute of Culture in Krakow as part of the ongoing activities of the MIK Regional Laboratory of Digitization
- the digitization of works by the following artists: Mirosław Bałka, Edward Dwurnik, Jerzy Bereś, Marcin Maciejowski, Teresa Murak, Jadwiga Sawicka, AI Weiwei, Ane Lan and many others.
2016-2020: "Wirtualna Małopolska"—a project funded by the European Union within the Regional Operational Program of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship for the years 2014-2020 and the budget of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship,
- 2D and 3D digitization of at least 1500 exhibits from 20 museums, galleries and institutions from Lesser Poland,
- extension of the website content to include new topics, updated connections network , educational services for schools and many other additional materials,
- extension of the WMM information system in terms of publication and archives to enable the website's resources to be used more easily and intuitively, while also modernizing its layout,
- the development of hardware infrastructure and RPD software.
And all of this will be available soon. By the end of 2020, we hope to have a website that you will use even more eagerly. Follow our activities because we are always adding something new. You can find out about every change from our blog and Facebook profile. Please feel free to check it out!
How to use the resources on our website?
All objects have been provided with information about their copyright status. Over 800 digital images collected on WMM are already available in the public domain. You can use them freely. Just remember to cite the name of the author and the source of the downloaded material. Detailed rules of using our resources can be found in our Regulations.
Where else can you find us?
How to contact us?
- contact form
- address: Lesser Poland Institute of Culture in Krakow—Regional Laboratory of Digitization, 17c 28 Lipca 1943 street, 30-233 Krakow
- phone: 12 422 18 84
- organizational issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
- substantive issues: email@example.com
- graphic issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are very welcome to contact us! We also provide consultations on the digitization, sharing and circulation of the cultural heritage resources.