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Awesome! The British Museum Becomes a Google Cultural Institution

Awesome! The British Museum Becomes a Google Cultural Institution

So the British Museum and Google have worked together to get their collection online and I have to say this is very impressive. This is no mere catalog but a fully interactive format that allows users to virtually walk through the galleries and some of the objects are connected to their museum entries. So, if something catches your eye, you can look it up. Now I can only hope that this initiative flourishes to other museums and that it becomes even more linked with additionally information. Also, be sure to check out their cool “Museum of the World” website in the links below.

…(T)he British Museum and Google have announced details of a digital partnership allowing people to view in detail nearly 5,000 objects online.

The project is one of the biggest yet by the Google Cultural Institute which, since 2011, has been putting museum collections online and using its Street View technology to allow virtual tours.

Neil MacGregor, the soon-to-depart director of the British Museum, called it “a very important day in the history of the British Museum” because it made possible the 18th-century dream of the museum being a collection of the world, for the world.

Website links:
British Museum – Google Cultural Institute
British Museum – Street View Walkthrough
Museum of the World Timeline

Source of quote:
The Guardian – British Museum exhibits viewable online thanks to Google partnership

For more information (and links):
British Museum Blog – The British Museum: A Museum for the World