January 22nd, 2021

Galt Museum redeveloping exhibits for people to view online

By Jensen, Randy on April 29, 2020.

Kevin Forsyth

For The Herald

The Galt Museum and Archives is redeveloping some of its exhibits for an online audience in response to the need for physical distancing and the facility’s temporary closure.

“This is a perfect opportunity to provide broad access to some of our recent exhibitions that have been popular with in-person audiences,” says Aimee Benoit, curator at the Galt.

Recently exhibits such as “Soar! A History of Gliding in Southwestern Alberta,” “Cinescapes: Movies in Southwestern Alberta and Pandemic at Home: the 1918 – 1919 Flu” shifted online. A release from the Galt said more exhibits would move to the website in the near future.

“Although the online versions of the exhibits will not include all of the content presented in their original formats, visitors will still be able to explore objects and archival materials from our collections,” says Benoit.

The move is one more in a history of delivering content online for the Galt. In 2005, it released a virtual exhibit on the history of the North-West Mounted Police. More recently, the Galt released the >Nikkei Tapestry virtual exhibit exploring the history and culture of four generations of Japanese Canadians in southern Alberta. Both of those exhibits have been relaunched for online viewing.

“Providing new and enhanced access to the wealth of our collections and curated exhibitions allows us to reach new audiences and reconnect with our visitors, members and supporters,” says Darrin Martens, Galt CEO.

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