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February 7, 2022

Schoenhof, the main building of the Silesian Museum and an architectural gem located in the heart of the Old Town in Goerlitz, with its fascinating history will soon be able to be visited from New York, Rome and London. This will happen thanks to „the Schoenhof digital” project, which the Silesian Museum in Goerlitz (Germany) is implementing together with the Foundation for the Virtualisation of the National Heritage of Culture in Gorzow Wielkopolski (Poland).

The project, as part of the digital interaction programme „dive in” of the Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), is funded by the Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for Culture and the Media (BKM).

The Schoenhof is one of the most historically significant buildings in the Europa-city of Görlitz/Zgorzelec and plays an important role on a European scale. It was rebuilt in 1526 and is now regarded as one of the oldest secular Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. It was the residence of kings, the residence of mayors and a model for other Renaissance buildings in Görlitz. Today, the façade, the interior architecture, the polychromes on the ceilings and walls and the historic plasterwork bear witness to this.

The emerging website will be accessible by the end of 2022 on multimedia devices, tablets and smartphones, and through virtual reality glasses. The app will fulfil the function of an interactive guide to the museum with 3D models of the monuments, gigapixel panoramas of the interiors, gigapixel photographs of the paintings and descriptions in three languages.

The new offering will be aimed at both on-site visitors to the museum and will also enable a virtual tour of the Schönhof and its exhibits online.

„This project is very important to us because it enriches the traditional perception of the museum with interactive possibilities and takes visitors on a journey through the turbulent history of Schönhof, literally immersing them in it”- says Dr Agnieszka Gąsior, Director of the Silesian Museum in Görlitz.

Digitalised material about the historic building and digitised exhibits will also be valuable for educational programmes, for scientific and conservation purposes.

„The Schoenhof digital„ project is being implemented as part of the „dive in. Programme for Digital Interaction” of the Federal Cultural Foundation (KSB) and funded by the Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for Culture and Media (BKM) within the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.

We have completed more than 20 projects, digitising more than 1,000 exhibits

We wish to cooperate with owners of monuments of sacred and secular architecture who understand the importance of conducting digitisation processes and want to disseminate knowledge about their monument in an interactive and virtual form, in accordance with the WCAG 2.1 standard.