The digital partnership with the Google Cultural Institute allows Internet users to view nearly 5,000 objects in their smallest detail Thanks to high-definition technology. These objects include the famous Rosetta stone, which provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, and the Parthenon marbles from Athens.
“The world today has changed, the way we access information has been revolutionized by digital technology,” said Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum. “This enables us to gives the Enlightenment ideal on which the museum was founded a new reality. It is now possible to make our collection accessible, explorable and enjoyable not just for those who physically visit, but to everybody with a computer or a mobile device. And this isn’t just about putting the collection ‘online’. Through our partnership with Google, we hope to give people new ways to experience and enjoy the museum, new ways to learn, and new ways to teach.”
The British Museum and Google revealed that the collections are the largest enclosed space captured by the Google Street View. Google announced a similar initiative last month that will allow users to observe 500,000 works of art from collections in French museums. Check out their website and take this amazing online tour.