3D Models and Virtual Tours for a Museum Exhibition of Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Exhibits and Sites

  • Thomas P. KerstenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11196)


In this contribution examples of Vietnamese cultural heritage objects of different size and importance, which were reconstructed in 3D from image sequences, in order to manufacture digital (and physical) photo-realistic replicas for an exhibition and for 3D visualisation in virtual applications for museums, are presented. For the “Treasures of the Archaeology and Culture of Vietnam” exhibition selected cultural heritage objects from different museums in Vietnam were digitised in September 2015 using image sequences taken with a digital reflex camera Nikon D800 and documented in detail by the Photogrammetry & Laser Scanning Lab of the HafenCity University Hamburg. The Treasures of Vietnam, which were never exhibited outside of Vietnam, were shown for the first time in Germany in the context of three exhibitions in the cities of Herne, Chemnitz and Mannheim between October 2016 and February 2018. The workflow from 3D object recording and modelling up to visualisation and 3D printing is described. The results of the generated 3D models and their integration in virtual tours of world heritage sites are presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning LabHafenCity University HamburgHamburgGermany

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