Friday, February 4, 2011

Explore virtual museums around the world, viewing artworks at amazing zoom levels... all online, all free!

Whether you are an art lover, a graphic designer, or just an average Joe, overseas travel is always something incredible, and an opportunity to be grabbed if and when it ever arrives.
If, however you cannot see yourself jetting off anywhere anytime soon, but you still want to feel just a little like you have been touring some exotic European capital, then head on over to http://www.googleartproject.com/.

Google Art Project, as the name accurately suggests, is a free, Google powered tool which can be used to take virtual tours of a number of famous museums around the world.

In a similar fashion to the Google's now famous Street View, you can literally (virtually) navigate around inside each room of a museum, and then zoom in on a particular artwork or piece of particular interest.
It has to be seen to be believed - the zoom levels are incredible, allowing you to view even the tiniest cracks in each canvas.
Check this out...:

From this...

To this...

To this...!
I just have to keep asking myself - what more can they do with technology?
To use just Google as an example, when Google Earth launched in 2005, jaws dropped all over the place.
I remember clients of mine spending entire days just exploring the planet and discovering little known locations all over the globe...

Now it's virtual museums.
What's next?

Thx 2 Maggy for this :)
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