We want to facilitate online access to our exhibition halls so that you can visit the museum without leaving your sofa, interacting with some of the most outstanding pieces and collections held by the Museum.
Lace up your most comfortable virtual shoes and start a complete tour through each and every floor and gallery of the Museum.
On this tour, you will also be able to interact with one of the most outstanding pieces in our furniture collection. Would you like to open the sliding drawer that hides a handwritten note in its base? What does it say? All the answers are just a curious click away.
Click here for the complete virtual tour developed in partnership with InCommon Human Technologies.
Check out the galleries of some of our temporary exhibitions (present and past) with a single click.
Sneak into one of the museum's most iconic exhibits from your own home: a kitchen from a Valencian palace that depicts domestic life in the second half of the 18th century through the representation of lively tiled scenes involving masters and servants.
Go on virtual tour here
Click here to interact with pieces from our collection re-created in three dimensions
New technologies and their use for Cultural Heritage: 3D documentation techniques, virtual restoration, virtualisation and visualisation with virtual reality techniques. Case study: Neapolitan chest at the National Museum of Decorative Arts - Mónica Sánchez (Master in Virtual Heritage, University of Alicante)
Final Master's thesis in Virtual Heritage focused on the application of new technologies to Cultural Heritage as a method of conservation, restoration and public outreach.
The idea for this project arose during Mónica Sánchez's training internship at the Museum. The main phases in its development were:
- Historic-stylistic study of the piece, with a compiled bibliography; 3D documentation using digital photogrammetry and retopology (mesh optimisation); Virtual Restoration, creating both 2D and 3D digital graphics. The 3D work is especially innovative, as it shows how a model of the piece can be manipulated and problem areas marked, which is very helpful when it comes to planning a restoration directly on the piece. -Visualisation of the piece, either using a repository or 3D viewer, Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality techniques.
To all this, we must add the outreach work carried out by Mónica Sánchez; in addition to publishing the work described above, she offered a workshop in November as part of the celebrations for Science Week.
In short, this work decisively contributes to breaking new ground in the discipline of Virtual Restoration, delving into everything that new technologies can contribute to the traditional restoration of cultural assets.
Would you like to find out about all the stories behind one of the pieces in the Museum's collection of chests, specifically a Gothic-style piece made in the 14th century and recently restored by the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute (IPCE)?
Watch this IPCE video about ideal reconstruction and manufacturing techniques for this chest (modelling, texturing, lighting, editing and assembly by María Dolores Fúster Sabater).
Its constituent materials, especially the silver leaf of the polychromy, have suffered significant deterioration that has caused the chest to lose its original metallic appearance.
The impossibility of restoring this metallic look during the conservation work carried out on the chest led us to the idea of virtually creating an ideal reconstruction that would allow the viewer to get closer to the chest’s manufacturing process and original ornamental richness. It was for good reason that these trousseau chests were called 'rich chests'...
If you want to learn more about this piece, click here