Google Street View brings virtual tours of British Museum to computer screens
Google has partnered with the British Museum to make thousands of artefacts more accessible by introducing the firm's Street View technology inside the museum's exhibition rooms.
The Google Cultural Institute has used indoor mapping to create a virtual version of the museum and its permanent exhibits that can then be toured by anyone from their computer, and includes detailed, high-resolution images of more than 4,500 objects housed inside.
The British Museum has become the largest space ever to be captured using indoor Street View, which is Google's image-based map traditionally used for road and urban layouts around the world.
Specially curated virtual exhibits have also been created as part of the partnership.
Meanwhile the Museum of the World microsite visualises the connection between cultures and historical objects.