With help from Google, Tainan’s Chi Mei Museum (奇美博物館) now offers a 720-degree view of the entire European-style museum for those who can’t physically visit. The entire VR experience of the museum took 10 months to complete, Apple Daily reported.
Anyone can access the Google Street View 720-degree view of the museum in Tainan Metropolitan Park, which includes virtual walks through the cafe and gift shop as well as the Rodin Gallery via the museum website. There’s also a view of a replica of the Fountain of Apollo in front of the museum; the original fountain by French artist Jean-Baptiste Tuby is at the palace of Versailles. There are even some evening views around the park to enjoy.
The online VR experience will allow more visitors to see what the museum has to offer as it is farther from the more popular tourist destinations of Tainan in Anping District.
Chi Mei Museum is Chi Mei Corporation’s private museum that opened in 1992 Tainan’s Rende District, known for having one of the largest collections of violins in the world amassed by founder Shi Wen-Long (許文龍). The museum’s collection of 13,000 items includes Western art including works by Rodin, musical instruments, natural history, arms and armor, and antiquities and artifacts.
For those who want to visit Chi Mei Museum in person, online reservations are required, though foreigners with passports are exempt from the online reservation. Entrance to the museum is NT$200, but free from Tainan residents.