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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours for more than 500 museums following closures
POSTED 25 Mar 2020 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Google Arts & Culture will offer virtual tours for more than 500 museums at art galleries, including the Musée d'Orsay, that have been forced to close due to the coronavirus Credit: ©Google
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with more than 500 cultural institutions to offer 'virtual museum exploration', following the temporary closure of thousands of art galleries and museums in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An online platform designed to provide public access to gallery and museum collections across the globe, Google Arts & Culture uses the same technology developed for Google Maps Street View to enable users to 'walk' through world-famous galleries and museums and explore collections and exhibits, via clickable artworks offering further information, from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

The move to virtual reality is enabling museums and galleries to continue to reach quarantined audiences, as well as enhance their offering with behind-the-scenes access and creative storytelling. Examples include a 360-degree tour of Chauvet Cave – a prehistoric cave and Unesco World Heritage site in Ardéche, France, which features the earliest discovered examples of prehistoric art.

The tour, called Dawn of Art, was produced by Google Arts & Culture and "digitally preserves" the caves, which are usually reserved for archaeologists and other professionals. Google says that the virtual tour "bridges 36,000 years of human history by joining state of the art technology with some of the oldest cave paintings left behind by our ancestors."

A number of museums on the site are yet to offer virtual tours, instead offering high-resolution images of some of their most celebrated works.
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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours for more than 500 museums following closures
POSTED 25 Mar 2020 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Google Arts & Culture will offer virtual tours for more than 500 museums at art galleries, including the Musée d'Orsay, that have been forced to close due to the coronavirus Credit: ©Google
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with more than 500 cultural institutions to offer 'virtual museum exploration', following the temporary closure of thousands of art galleries and museums in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An online platform designed to provide public access to gallery and museum collections across the globe, Google Arts & Culture uses the same technology developed for Google Maps Street View to enable users to 'walk' through world-famous galleries and museums and explore collections and exhibits, via clickable artworks offering further information, from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

The move to virtual reality is enabling museums and galleries to continue to reach quarantined audiences, as well as enhance their offering with behind-the-scenes access and creative storytelling. Examples include a 360-degree tour of Chauvet Cave – a prehistoric cave and Unesco World Heritage site in Ardéche, France, which features the earliest discovered examples of prehistoric art.

The tour, called Dawn of Art, was produced by Google Arts & Culture and "digitally preserves" the caves, which are usually reserved for archaeologists and other professionals. Google says that the virtual tour "bridges 36,000 years of human history by joining state of the art technology with some of the oldest cave paintings left behind by our ancestors."

A number of museums on the site are yet to offer virtual tours, instead offering high-resolution images of some of their most celebrated works.
RELATED STORIES
Smithsonian makes image banks rights free in the largest cultural open access programme in history


Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative to provide copyright-free access to millions of digital collection images and data, has been launched, with anyone now able to download, transform and share content for free and for any purpose.
Google highlights climate change through 3D heritage collection


Google Arts & Culture has created a new online collection of immersive 3D digital imagery that shines a light on the effects of climate change on five heritage landmarks around the world.
Ana Prvački videos bring new slant to de Young museum through Google Lens


A Google Lens integration between the de Young museum in San Francisco and the Google Arts & Culture team has gone live, providing an alternative guided tour of the museum via smartphone.
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The Everyday Heritage initiative celebrates and preserves working class histories
Off the back of the success of the first round of Everyday Heritage Grants in 2022, Historic England is funding 56 creative projects that honour the heritage of working-class England.
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