If you ever get the chance to go to London, expect to spend a lot of time in museums. After all, the city is home to some of the world’s most famous museums, and each museum is loaded down with hundreds of priceless pictures, artifacts, sculptures, paintings, and all that sort of artsy stuff that are worth taking the time to visit. However, between Buckingham Palace and St. James Park and the British Museum and all the other stuff that you have to do, it’s easy to miss some things. In my case, I missed the Tate Museum, which is a shame in and of itself. However, not to worry. The Tate Museum will be open for late-night online visitors courtesy of an army of creepy robots.
The Robots will have LED lights and cameras, and lucky visitors to the Tate website could be the lucky folks who get to actually control and pilot the robots. Tour guides will provide commentary as the robots roll silently around the darkened Tate Museum, like creepy mechanical guards standing sentinel over 500 years of artwork. It’s a cool thing, but it’s also for a limited amount of time, so be mindful and cross your fingers that you’ll get lucky.
“We want it to feel a bit spooky, a bit mysterious,” says Jane Burton, Creative Director of Tate Media at the museum. “[Online users] will probably see different things in the artwork than [visitors] would see in them if they came during the day. ”From your couch, anywhere in the world, if you’ve got the right Internet connection and browser, you can come and see what we have in our galleries, at night.”
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, and why wouldn’t it be, you can check it out at the Tate Museum’s After Dark website.Technorati Tags: fun stuff, jane burton, late-night museum tours, online museum tours via robot, robots in the tate, tate, tate british, tate modern, tate museum, tate museum robot tours, tate museum robots