The WebMuseum , formerly known as the WebLouvre , was founded by Nicolas Pioch [1] [2] in France in 1994, while still a student. It is one of the earliest examples of a virtual museum . The site won the 1994 Best of the Web award [1] for the “Best Use of Multiple Media”. [3]

When the actual Louvre became aware of the original WebLouvre’s existence, it was forced to change its name to the WebMuseum. However, many mirror sites have been established throughout the world (including websites located in Brazil , Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland , Russia, UK and the United States), making it impossible to eradicate its existence. It still provides an excellent archival and educational resource of good quality images and information.

Although this virtual museum is French in origin, it is available in French.

See also

  • The Artchive
  • Web Gallery of Art
  • Virtual Library museums pages


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Cohen, Daniel J. & Rosenzweig, Roy. “1”. Nicolas Pioch (PDF) . Digital History (Report). George Mason University , USA . Retrieved May 5, 2012 . External link in ( help ) |work=
  2. Jump up^ “The Webmuseum by Nicolas Pioch, in 1996” . YouTube . Retrieved May 5, 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ “WWW94 – Awards” . CERN , Switzerland. 1994 . Retrieved May 5, 2012 .