Can’t Afford A Trip To A Museum? Google Lets You Virtually Visit It
Google announced the launch of its new platform that is specifically developed for museums. Using this platform, museums will be able to develop mobile applications to bring their exhibits to anyone’s smartphone. These apps will take advantage of Google technology, including Google Street View and YouTube.
The greatest hurdle for museums in “doing business” is that their exhibits are of physical form, and anyone who is interested in those exhibits actually has to visit the place. If the interested person cannot afford a trip to the museum or is located in a different region of the world, he or she may never be able to have a “look” inside.
Furthermore, museum owners can only promote their museums by making people aware of the artifacts owned by them.
Here comes Google with its marvelous tech — Street View. Combining the technologies already developed by Google, the company launched this platform for museums that will help them in making people aware of what’s inside. It will help them build mobile apps that will let people virtually visit the museum.
“In France, enter Marie Curie’s office and relive the discovery of radioactivity at the Musee Curie. Drive hrough the impressionist collection of the Museum of Le Havre (MuMa) with six audio thematic tours, and the Monnaie de Paris offers a guid through contemporary artist Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory,” write Google in a blog post.
This work is done by Google Cultural Institute — the department responsible for bringing cultural treasures from around the world online and making them accessible to all.
There are eleven museums and cultural institutions who have adopted this platform to develop their apps. These early adopters are located in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Nigeria. Their apps are already available at Google Play Store.
What will be the features of these apps?
The apps may offer photos of exhibits and audio tours. These will also allow users to share what they are viewing on popular social networks like Facebook and Google+ as well as on emails, like Gmail and others.
Moreover, the users will also be able to access app’s content offline. This will help those touring the museum who might not have Internet connection all the time.
For me, the best feature would be the virtual tour using which, users will be able to virtually visit the museum just like they do in Street View.
Museums and related institutions interested in developing mobile apps will not need any coding-expertise. They just have to provide access and Google will do the coding for them. Interested parties can sign up for this platform using the form provided by Google.