December 29, 2015
The British Museum, one of the world’s oldest public museums founded in 1774, is now open to the virtual public allowing visitors from all around the globe to virtually explore it right from the comforts of their couches. This initiative, according to Kristin Romey from National Geographic, is a fruit of a partnership between Google Cultural Institute and the British Museum. This project is made possible by the use of Google Street technology that was employed to record over 80,000 objects across seven acres (2.8 hectares) of the museum’s floor space.
As Romey states, “The virtual walk-through enables anyone in the world with an Internet connection to explore the roughly 80,000 artifacts on display (which is just 1% of the total collection of at least eight million objects) just as they’re presented in the museum, from the Lewis Chessmen and cat mummies to famously contested artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles.”
Besides this virtual walk through, visitors can also access a wide variety of artifacts from the British Museum’s collection in Google Cultural Institute. There are over 4634 items and more than exhibits to explore.
Courtesy of Open Culture