A physical NFT museum is set to open in Seattle, with the goal of providing a physical place dedicated to NFTs and boundary-pushing artists.
On January 14, 2022, the Seattle NFT Museum (SNFTM) will open its doors in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. The museum will provide an offline place for visitors to engage with NFTs and learn about the technology and artists who enable them. A section of it will also explain the principles of NFT technology and its long-term impact on art.
Jennifer Wong and Peter Hamilton, two software professionals on a goal to introduce physical engagement to the NFT art world, founded the museum. The offline location will host a variety of exhibits connected to NFTs, with a focus on promoting artwork by Seattle-based artists.
Works from NFT collector Aaron Bird’s remarkable NFT collection are being given to the museum, including works from Erick Calderon’s Chromie Squiggle series and Larva Labs’ CryptoPunks. Artwork by Blake Kathryn, Neon Saltwater, and Charles Peterson will also be on show.
SNFTM has collaborated with Samsung to address the problem of exhibiting digital works in a physical location. The world’s biggest electronic device manufacturer has donated to the museum various flexible frames that can be adjusted to fit the size and proportions of each exhibited item. In contrast to the usual, horizontal screens that are commonly utilized, these frames are specifically designed for showing digital artwork while offline.
The museum will continue to integrate virtual aspects, with Hamilton and Wong providing QR codes to visitors that will allow them to access numerous interactive internet portals.