In a move which we can only describe as ‘genuinely awesome’ the National Museum of Scotland (the most popular UK museum outside London) has become the first cultural institution in Scotland to become part of Google’s Arts & Culture programme.
Google Arts & Culture works with institutions around the world to make cultural and historical material accessible digitally. The museum’s galleries have now been digitally captured and are available online and through the Google Arts and Culture Apple (iOS) and Android apps.
Galleries and Collections
The National Museum joins some of the world’s most recognised and prestigious cultural sites, including the Taj Mahal, the Uffizi and the Palace of Versailles, giving people worldwide the opportunity to virtually explore its interior. Users can move through the museum’s permanent galleries, viewing around 20,000 objects on display.
In addition to the galleries, over 1,000 objects from National Museums Scotland’s collections have been added to the Google Arts & Culture online collection. Users can find out more about individual objects or can explore themes and collection such as Scotland’s early silver and the archive of the fashion designer Jean Muir.
The new virtual museum will assist with planning a visit, act as a resource for teachers in their classrooms and allow people from around the world to ‘visit’ the Museum.
Rob Cawston, Head of Digital Media at National Museums Scotland said:
“We’re constantly looking at how we can make our collections more accessible and open them up to new audiences. Digital technology is offering us unparalleled opportunities to do just that, and our partnership with Google Arts & Culture gives people from around the world a novel new way to explore the Museum and discover its world-class collections.”
Suhair Khan of Google Arts & Culture said:
“We are thrilled to bring the collections of National Museums Scotland to a global audience.
“The Google Arts & Culture platform is now showcasing the stories of this incredibly important museum’s collections and its building, as well as displaying gigapixel resolution imagery of masterpieces – all of which can be experienced by visitors around the world.”
The Google Arts & Culture app is entirely free to use and is available online, as well as through Apple (iOS) and Android apps, allowing users to explore exhibitions from over a thousand museums and cultural institutions.