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February 03, 2009

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Tyler

Social networks, media, and online technologies can try to replace the feeling of seeing a tangible item however it cannot. We judge everything with our five senses: scent, sight, hear, touch, taste. Im not saying all five senses are used every time, but if your experiencing stuff online you are only getting part of the experience. Media technology cannot replace real time presence!

Ferry

This article is so good so we know really the history back there.
Thanks for bringing the Smithsonian to us

Jason

Social Media is just so cool! I would have never thought about seeing the Smithsonian through Facebook and Twitter

Paul Thomas

Matt,
It is so true that digital facsimiles will never replace the real thing, I think they allow me to absorb a lot more information in a short period of time.
There will never be a substitute to the feeling I remember getting when I first touched the asteroid in the Smithsonian or stood next to the Apollo 11 capsule. However, visiting the site and exploring the collections is not only educational, but also brings back great memories

James

The Smithsonian forever!!! Please, tell me more!!

Michael V

Being from Australia I wasn't even aware that I could visit the Smithsonian online. I will be doing just that once I finish this comment.

I've always wanted to see everything that's there but have not made it to the US just yet. This will probably wet my appetite even more so to make it there one day.

Well done for bringing the Smithsonian to the world.

Greg

I'm amazed at the benefits of social media sites enabling people to connect to just about anything. I hope to be visiting the Smithsonian soon and I would have never thought to look them up on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for the information.

Larry

I believe it to be of great educational value for your children and young people to experience first hand our national heritage though visual tours on the internet. By far the majority of people both young and old will never get to see it. However, the use of a computer connected to the internet is easy to obtain to use.

Christina Catana

As someone from Toronto who is planning a visit to the museums in DC, this is great news. I wouldn’t have thought to look the Smithsonian up on facebook or youtube… but I will now. I’m sure these digital experiences will complement my physical visit. Thank you!

Mike Starks

I Agree, The use of technology such as a virtual tour for the general public would be awesome. I am in the Real Estate business and can tell you making a virtual tour is not that hard but the pay offs are great.

Steve at Cuttingedge History

I'm concerned with the focus of the museum's efforts. The Smithsonian has a literal treasure trove of artifacts that could be of tremendous use to researchers, as well as the general public. The archives alone would be priceless. I was worried that when my wife and I recently visited the reopened museum there was a tremendous "wow" factor, but little context for the artifacts. Is it possible to both inspire and teach? That's what we're trying to do.

Keep up the great work though. Whatever my critique, it should not take away from the wonderful work done thus far.

pj

I think it's a great idea to digitize some the Smithsonian's exhibits. Some people will never get to make it to the actual museum, but would be able to view the artifacts on their computer.

cinsel ilişki

Thanks for being progressive and wholeheartedly committed to developing and digitizing your collections to best serve the academic community and preserve our most precious history for posterity.

Lisa Reed

The Smithsonian is just the greatest!!! Keep up the good work.

Retta

I know what you mean about artifacts having power. I visited Pompei and the artifacts there were extremely powerful. I have tried to explain it to people, but I know they don't get it. I think they would if they actually viewed them.

sooksan

Creating a virtual experience for people to explore the treasures in our museums is something that should be more readily available today

azscales

Creating a virtual experience for people to explore the treasures in our museums is something that should be more readily available today, considering advances in technology. The real estate market has introduced this concept quite vigorously. Taking a virtual tour of a new home is very convenient. Doing the same for our national collections would be wonderful.

Tim Williams

Thank you for a great article! My son loves the chances we get to visit museums in person, but they are becoming less and less frequent. This is exciting because it gives an additional opportunity to share more experiences with him while balancing the demands of life and time constraints. Keep up the great work!

Shadow

As a museum buff, being able to see museums is not always easy since traveling to them isn't always a possibility. Been to the Smithsonian once in my life and didn't have nearly enough time there. Since I am on the west coast, chances of getting back are slim to none. Having more options like this is the next best thing!

Paul F Davis

The Smithsonian never ceases to amaze me!

Thanks for being progressive and wholeheartedly committed to developing and digitizing your collections to best serve the academic community and preserve our most precious history for posterity.

Paul F Davis

David Lawson

As an 8th grade history teacher in Liberty, Missouri who uses a variety of web 2.0 applications in my classroom I am really excited to see what the Museum of American History is doing to reach out.

Paul Molholm

Hey Leonard! Thanks for the post. Another great way to access info about our automotive collections is to use our History Explorer website. http://historyexplorer.americanhistory.si.edu/
Use a keyword seach such as car or automobile and it will take you directly to great resources. Thanks for the interest!

Gary Davis

Great post Matt! I love the Smithsonian Institute and the American History Museum, having first visted them as a ten year old boy with my parents. Hopefully, the SI will continue to expand its digital presence to the American public.

Matthew MacArthur

@Leonard: Have you visited our "America on the Move" Web site?
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove
It includes lots of auto history (with an emphasis on the social impact) and you can use the collection search to see a number of vehicles in the collection.

@Eric: Thanks so much for your kind comment and blog post. It is encouraging to know that we are reaching people like you and providing something useful.

Eric Langhorst

Thanks post Matt. As an 8th grade history teacher in Liberty, Missouri who uses a variety of web 2.0 applicaitons in my classroom I am really excited to see what the Museum of American History is doing to reach out. I had added your blog to my reader and will continue to check out your contributions on other web 2.0 applications.

I recently commented on your blog in a podcast and blog post : http://speakingofhistory.blogspot.com/2009/02/podcast-175-smithsonian-museum-of.html

Thanks for all your efforts.

Eric

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