Friday, July 17, 2009

An Interesting Diversion: The Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is one of the most famous museums in Russia, and surely belongs alongside the Louvre as being amongst the most famous museums in the world.

Located in St Petersberg, in the old Winter Palace building, The State Hermitage Museum is probably best known for its "starring role" in the movie Russian Ark (Russkiy kovcheg). The movie looks at approximately two hundred years of Russian history by following two characters as they move through the rooms of the Winter Palace, moving through time as they move through the rooms. The film is most remarkable for the fact that it was shot in one fluid take - all from the point of view of one of the character. It's definitely worth watching if you're a film buff, but not exactly Saturday night material if you prefer Hollywood films.

The museum itself has a brilliant web-presence. You can tour a lot of the building and view a large number of the exhibitions all from your own desk. They use a lot of really nice flashy-type features to give you a decent museum experience from anywhere in the world. Probably no where near as good as going to the museum in person, but it's a very nice site giving you a very good look at a very good museum...

Take a look.

Oh, and tell us if you like finding out about things like this. It's a new kind of post for Library & Computing News, and we'd like to know if you're interested in seeing more "interesting diversions"...

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