In the technology support department at the Vatican Museums, Villanova University student Justin Myers is spending a semester creating virtual tours of galleries, part of a larger project to make the museums accessible to everyone.
While the Vatican Museums website has some tours already available
for individual parts of the museum, such as the Sistine Chapel, a
seamless virtual walk-through tour is in the works, according to Myers,
who has been developing and editing tours for nearly four months.
The idea is to create something that joins all the separate rooms
together “so you can virtually walk through the entire museum,” said the
20-year-old computer science student from St. Peter Parish in Olney,
“Almost all the rooms are done now that I’m finishing up my projects
for the semester. Now we just have to link it all together, but that’s a
huge project,” he told Catholic News Service Dec. 13.
The Vatican houses all sorts of treasures that too many of us never see. Now perhaps we have a chance to visit without actually going there. . .