The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Over 6 million visitors every year experience the collection, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.
Now you can tour the British Museum from your classroom with a new link-up with Google Streetview and the Google Cultural Institute. Over than 4,500 items from the museum’s collection have been photographed and can now be seen as you walk virtually through the museum corridors. It’s the largest space ever to be captured on indoor Street View so far.
The partnership also means that one of the British Museum’s most important Chinese scrolls – the Admonitions Scroll dating from the 6th-century – can now be viewed in never-before-seen definition thanks to Gigapixel technology. Due to the fragile nature of the scroll it is only ever available to view for a few months of the year. Now the scroll will be visible online, in fantastic detail, all year round.
Finally, visitors can discover ‘the Museum of the World’ curated by the British Museum through an innovative Chrome experiment. On this microsite, objects from the collection are mapped to a timeline so users can explore and make connections between the world’s cultures, and see what happened around the world at any one time.
It’s a fantastic resource, and while it can never replace a trip to the museum for real, there are times when a virtual tour will have to do. You can access the British Museum Tour here.