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A virtual museum is a museum that exists only online. A virtual museum is also known as an online museum, electronic museum, hypermuseum, digital museum, cybermuseum or Web museum. The term used depends upon the backgrounds of the practitioners and researchers working in this field. In 2011 Google launched the google art project, partnering with museums that physically exist to create a virtual map where visitors can virtually explore real museums.

The virtualization of physical museums can increase interest by students learning about their collections: "Virtual visitors to museum websites already out-number physical (on-site) visitors, and many of these are engaged in dedicated learning".

Virtual museums include museums that hold art originally created digitally, such as Net art, Virtual Reality and Digital art. The term is often used to refer to a museum that takes advantages of the Internet, especially the World Wide Web, to display digital representations of its collections.

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