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Ho Chi Minh City’s Southern Women’s Museum shows off smart museum upgrades

Monday, October 19, 2020, 14:15 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City’s Southern Women’s Museum shows off smart museum upgrades
This image shows Nguyen Thi Tham, director of the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A new exhibition area at the Ho Chi Minh City-based Southern Women’s Museum has been equipped with the latest interactive technologies to improve the experience for visitors, making it a promising destination for many travelers in Vietnam.

A video shows the latest technological application employed by the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

The interactive area spans an area of 400 square meters, with all of its display walls renovated into an open space fusing vintage and modern features.

For the first time, digital images have been brought to life using the 3D holographic projection technology, allowing visitors to view objects from all angles and in great detail, and even displaying their smallest cracks and defects.

During the pilot launch, a collection of 115 artifacts at the museum were chosen for holographic presentation, while more objects will be added in the future. 

The Southern Women’s Museum is the first in Ho Chi Minh City to adopt this technology. 

IT specialists process data into the tech system at the Southern Women’s Museum. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

IT specialists capture data into a tech system at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

The space also features touchscreens to provide footage, images, songs, and talk shows portraying women in southern Vietnam during the country’s history.

A 3D holographic projection of a sewing machine is seen in this photo taken at the Southern Women’s Museum. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A 3D holographic projection of a sewing machine is seen in this photo taken at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

The touchscreens can also give visitors access to the background information of historical events or objects displayed at the museum. 

Two women use a touchscreen to access information at the Southern Women’s Museum. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Two women use a touchscreen to access information at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Information booths with Internet connection have also been placed throughout the space to help visitors learn about in-depth insights. This tech application is expected to replace museum guides in the future.

In a discussion with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Nguyen Thi Tham, director of the Southern Women's Museum, said the interactive exhibition was born out of the direction and financial support from the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and relevant agencies. 

Before the launch, museum staffers had been sent to training courses on operating the new technology applications. 

One of the most outstanding applications adopted is one allowing visitors to view all exhibition segments and objects in a 3D format right at home, using only a smartphone with Internet connection. 

“We have plans to partner with travel agencies and schools in Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces in Vietnam to attract tourists and students to this space. This will help contribute to the education and promotion of Vietnam’s tradition and culture,” Tham said. 

A 3D holographic projection of a flask is seen in this photo taken at the Southern Women’s Museum. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A 3D holographic projection of a flask is seen in this photo taken at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A themed exhibition corner is seen in this photo taken at the Southern Women’s Museum. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

A themed exhibition corner is seen in this photo taken at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Ao Dai (traditional long dress) of women in southern Vietnam is on display. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Women's 'ao dai' (traditional long dress) are on display in southern Vietnam. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

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