Most specimens belonging to the collections of the Barcelona Natural History Museum are in fact in storage and not on display. However, the Museum’s departments have developed a number of projects including databases, images and datasheets with detailed descriptions whose aim is to put this hidden heritage on show.
The 3-D catalogue consists of a series of 3-D images of some of the Museum’s original specimens that it is now possible to view virtually. They enable all aspects of these specimens to be examined and are accompanied by an explanation describing their place in the collections and linking them to their natural environments in the broadest of senses. This way of viewing the Museum’s heritage enables its collections to be used by a wide range of users, from scientists and teachers, to those simply looking to improve their knowledge of the natural world and have a particular interest in the subject.
The aim of this project is to make the Museum’s collections more accessible to the general public, thereby fulfilling the basic premise of accessibility of any public museum.