Oculus Rift to Feature as Part of Hanukkah Celebration at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

It seems as if the world is finding new uses for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) by the day. In November alone the technology has been used to aid poetry, place users on-stage and provide an in-depth look at the production of a car. Next month yet another new application of the Oculus Rift HMD will be found at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts as part of a celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday, Hanukkah.


On the evening of 17th December 2014 the museum will play host to a range of free activities, including a symbolic menorah lighting, followed by tours of the Museum’s collection of Judaica, film screenings, musical performances and dreidel making. Another installation will allow users to put on an Oculus Rift to view an experience based around the menorah, the nine-branched candelabra that adds a new light for each day of Hanukkah.

The project is being created by local digital artists Jeff Hesser, Mike Mandel, with music from Guy Medilow. It will in fact be a preview for an upcoming public art project that will debut next Hanukkah on 6th – 14th December 2015, though it’s not yet clear what this project will be. Attendees will be able to find the installation in Classroom 159 between 18:00 EST – 21:45 VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates.