Can you time-travel with a baby? You can. Just recently, I have taken Liam on his first such trip as part of a hosted press event. The topic? One that might just be of interest to his generation: The digital reconstruction of past centuries and millennia, as well as the digital enhancement (change, additions) of already existing, historical objects. Mh. Sounds pretty abstract, right? However, a small town in my home country of Lower Austria, Tulln an der Donau, has already given it some thought. They have pioneered digital time-travelling with a new app called “Virtulleum“, which allows you to experience the city of Tulln, about half an hour from Vienna, in a new way.
A simple formula for digital time travel: Virtual + Tulln + Museum = “Virtulleum”. Starting at or from the local city museum.
You may already download the Virtulleum app from the app store before you go to Tulln (free of charge). At the local city museum of Tulln, you also have the possibility to borrow iPads and enjoy the app tour there. The museum provides you with information about the app, as well as the digital tour through the city.
Besides being offered in German, the app is also translated into English, so you may also use it at your convenience.
Once you have reached a certain spot (through GPS tracking, it becomes visible on your device), you can open further information about the location in the app, watch a video, overlay an old photo of the cityscape you are watching, travel through different eras of the history of Tulln.
Check out further information about the Virtulleum-App: https://www.virtulleum.at.
Let’s see if further towns will adopt the idea. I believe there is a lot of potential for reviving historic city tours through a modern application like the “Virtulleum”! Would you go see it?
Disclaimer: We have been invited to experience the “Virtulleum” in Tulln. All opinions are my own.