Glensheen temporarily closed its doors on March 13 due to the public health concern involving the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, one week later, the University of Minnesota system museum has gone digital. In line with the MuseumFromHome movement and many museums across the globe, Glensheen is finding innovative ways to bring the century-old historic home to you on your couch.
Glensheen, the 39-room mansion and historic home, is now posting Facebook Live tours given by Director Dan Hartman, one of the few allowed on the estate these days. So far on this week’s Facebook Live, Hartman has explored the previously-closed spaces, the Third Floor with the lights turned off, opened drawers guests are not allowed in, and shared some of the rarest collection items like original blueprint drawings of the Panama Canal. Yes, THE Panama Canal. Glensheen plans to continue the Facebook Lives every weekday at 8:00 am CST.
Glensheen launched a 360º virtual tour experience on Wednesday, March 18 which is available to all on their website (glensheen.org), free of charge. Virtual tour guests can experience their favorite rooms on the main floor like the famous Breakfast Room, explore the summery-green grounds, and see the second floor. Yes, this means you could make the favorite, “Green Room” or Breakfast Room, your virtual office backdrop – making it feel like your home office, while basking in the sunshine among the floor to ceiling green tiles.
Glensheen Mansion launched the tour app through museum app company, Encurate, in 2019 to enhance the self-guided tour experience. With maps and audio descriptions for nearly every room, the app is a complementary tool to not only the General Admission in-person experience but also now, the Glensheen 360º virtual tour. Feeling a little stir crazy? The app and Glensheen 360º also allows you to explore the 12-acre estate. Glensheen at Home Hack: We suggest viewing the 360º virtual tour on a desktop or laptop while using the Glensheen app on a smartphone. With a little bit of manual work, you can connect what you’re seeing on your computer with the descriptions you’re hearing from the app on your phone.