November 13, 2015

Tour the British Museum On Google Street View



It's now possible to take a tour of ancient pottery, statues, tapestries, and more without stepping away from a computer.

From the basement to the fifth floor, the British Museum has opened its doors to Google's Cultural Institute to create a Street View version of the museum -- with the added bonus of not having to fight against a horde of other tourists.

More than 4,500 items from the museum's collection have been photographed and are available to be seen on a virtual walkthrough of the historic corridors. Descriptions of many of the items including the dates they were created have been included alongside the collection.

The British Museum isn't the first museum to get the treatment from the Google cultural team. 

They've photographed and uploaded everything from historic artefacts at Bletchley Park to inside Le Louvre.

The digitisation of the British Museum means that all the featured pieces can be viewed all year round. This includes the Chinese Admonitions Scroll that dates back to the 6th century, which is usually only displayed for several months of the year due to its fragility.

The Street View tour of the British Museum can be accessed here.

By Matt Burgess

With many thanks to Wired UK

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