National Museum of African American History and Culture opens online
December 1st, 2007

NMAACH
In a first for museums and the Web, a major museum is opening its doors online prior to its physical existence. The NMAAHC Website takes full advantage of the latest in Website function and design to display the rich and deep contents for which the museum is curator. From the navNet shown in the image above to the collections and collaborations, the new Website is a handsome model of curatorial and Website expertise.

The project explains why it went to the Web first in About the Museum on the Web that begins:

The Museum on the Web is the online experience of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. With the help of a $1 million grant of technology and expertise from IBM, the NMAAHC Museum on the Web represents a unique partnership to use innovative IBM expertise and services to bring the stories of African American History to a global audience. Conceived from the very beginning as a fully virtual precursor to the museum to be built on the Washington Mall, this is the first time a major museum is opening its doors on the Web prior to its physical existence. . . .


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