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You can now take a trip to an art museum without leaving the comfort of home thanks to the new Virtual Online Museum of Art. The museum—known as VOMA for short—is free to visit, making the works included in the museum accessible to a wide audience. It opened in September and has become a fascinating at-home experience for art lovers around the world.

The museum's creator, Stuart Semple, worked with Emily Mann, the architect, Lee Cavaliere, former curator of the London Art Fair and current director of VOMA, and a team of programmers and designers to bring VOMA to (virtual) life. They bill it as "a museum for everyone," and the changing slate of works on display—as well as the changing look of the museum—ensure there's always something new to see at the VOMA.

After installing the VOMA program, visitors can experience two galleries in which they'll find a diverse selection of works by artists including Henri Matisse, Édouard Manet, Li Wei, Paula Rego, Lygia Clark, Jasper Johns, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among many others. It's a 360-degree, immersive experience. According to Smithsonian Magazine, "Cavaliere, the museum's director and curator, worked closely with some of the world's most prestigious museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Using high-res images provided by each institution, the VOMA team made 3-D reproductions of each piece."

The 3D nature of the virtual works is unique and allows visitors to the galleries to examine the art closely and from many angles. The interactive displays provide additional information about the works, ensuring the experience is as educational as it is entertaining. A "visit" to the museum also changes depending on the weather and regular alterations in the look of the light and the time of day.

You can find more information and make a visit to the Virtual Online Museum of Art at voma.space.

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Are you missing regular visits to your favorite art museum? Will you make a visit to the newly opened VOMA soon?