The Online Monuments Day is an initiative of 3 municipalities to offer online visits of 12 monuments that are visualised in an innovative and spectacular way.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic the traditional Open Monuments Day 2020 was cancelled. To offer an alternative, the Online Monuments Day was organised by the municipalities of 's-Hertogenbosch, Sint-Michielsgestel and Vught. In just a few weeks’ time a total of twelve monuments was visualised in an innovative, spectacular way, both from the inside and the outside.
For the outside images of the monuments a drone was used. Details are explained by a voice-over.
For the inside images of the monuments, 3D techniques were used. The visitor can create his/her own digital tour, using 360 degrees images.
Owners and users of the buildings give their personal touch to the online tour. They show hidden treasures and share their own favourite elements.

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Costs to external parties:
Drone recordings and 3D interior scanning: €15.000,-.
Opening act, publications, pr (advertisements): €1.000,-.
Staff hours municipality: €8.000,-

Total: €24.000,-.

Evidence of success

Visitors of the online tours of the twelve monuments have expressed positive feedback. The personal stories of the owners, the hidden treasures shown, are much appreciated.
An unforeseen success is the participation of disabled people. Never before have they been able to look around these historic buildings themselves.

Difficulties encountered

This was a ‘last-minute’ initiative, within a few weeks the online tours had to be finished as the date of the Open Monuments Day was fixed.

Potential for learning or transfer

1. Covid19-proof sharing of cultural heritage.
2. Online accessibility of cultural heritage by disabled people.
3. Sharing personal stories of owners.
4. Showing parts of monuments that are too fragile for public exposure.
5. Potential for educational use.

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Main institution
Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch
Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Nederland)
Start Date
September 2020
End Date


Marieke  Muilwijk Please login to contact the author.