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You Can Now Explore The Tate Museum In Virtual Reality

A new collaboration with Minecraft lets you get up close and personal with some of art history’s greatest masterpieces.

André Derain’s The Pool of London (1906) in Minecraft

In case you haven’t noticed, flight costs have been creeping up just as the quality of plane travel has severely plummeted. Art lovers who aren’t willing to smoosh themselves into the airborne equivalent of an NYC subway car, just to stand on a long museum line can now rejoice: famed international institution The Tate has decided to bring some of history’s greatest works directly to your laptop. Part of an ongoing series, the project uses popular “open world video game” Minecraft to offers players the chance to explore interactive artworks presented by the Tate, the third installment of which was just released last week. As Hyperallergic put it bluntly (and best), “Minecraft is sort of like digital Lego blocks on steroids; you start with a landscape, or a ‘map,’ in which you’re welcome to chop down whatever you like in order to build various structures.”

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