Even with three locations in its empire, the National Museum of the American Indian can display barely 1 percent of its 800,000 objects. To help close that gap, the museum has decided to set up a digital showcase.The NMAI is embarking on a project to digitize its entire collection; a project that will take four years. According to the article, this project will result in what is being called the Fourth Museum.
The NMAI has a wonderful collection and good supporters. Both are important as it undertakes this effort. And even though many people will never visit any of their physical locations, let's hope that the Fourth Museum does draw more visitors through their doors. I suspect nothing can replace actually seeing the museum in Washington, D.C. in person.
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