The Big Internet Museum opens its doors
11 DECEMBER 2012, AMSTERDAM
SummaryThe Big Internet Museum is the world’s first museum with a diverse collection completely dedicated to the Internet. The museum opened its digital doors and can be visited for free at www.thebiginternetmuseum.com
The Big Internet Museum is the world’s first museum with a diverse collection completely dedicated to the Internet. The museum opened its digital doors and can be visited for free at www.thebiginternetmuseum.com.
The Big Internet Museum documents and displays the Web’s most interesting artefacts, for now and for future generations. It houses seven specialised wings. In each wing, a different subject is categorized. For example, in the history wing visitors discover the first online attempts of ARPAnet, the precursor of today’s Internet. In the ‘Meme’ wing you’ll find more about ‘Chuck Norris’ and ‘Nyan Cat’.
Besides traditional wings, The Big Internet Museum has more parallels with a conventional museum. Third parties can display pieces in a specially assigned temporary exhibition wing. The coming months, digital production agency MediaMonks will fill the temporary exhibition room with an exhibit about the history of Flash.
Visitors can also submit a piece to the museum, so the collection continuously grows. The public votes whether a proposed piece can join the museum’s permanent collection, making all visitors potential curators.
Dani Polak (art director, 26), Joep Drummen (copywriter, 36) en Joeri Bakker (accountmanager, 31) are the founders and creators of The Big Internet Museum. All three of them work at TBWA\NEBOKO, the most renowned advertising agency in The Netherlands. TBWA\NEBOKO supports the brand new museum.
The Big Internet Museum became reality thanks to MediaMonks, the biggest and most award-winning digital production agency of The Netherlands. MediaMonks is responsible for the technical realisation and currently develops a mobile version of the museum. The museum is hosted by Vellance.
We seek to educate and inspire visitors from all over the world with an ever-growing collection about the Internet and the World Wide Web. Not only for this current generation, but also for generations to come. Remember the sound of a 56K dial-up modem? Your children probably don't. In fact, chances are they don’t have a clue what a loading bar is.
We’re not in it for the money. The museum is a tribute to all the pioneers who made the Internet and the World Wide Web what it is today. Undoubtedly, the best is yet to come.