The Google Cultural Institute Is a Digital Museum

December 8, 2015

Museums are the cultural epicenters of the human race, because the house the highest achievements of art, science, history, and more.  The best museums in the world are located in the populous cities and they house price works of art that represent the best of what humanity has to offer.  The only problem about these museums is that they are in a stationary location and unless you have the luck to travel, you can’t see these fabulous works in person.

While books have often served as the gateway museums’ collection, it is not the same as seeing an object or exhibit in real life.  The Internet with continuously evolving photographic and video technology have replicated museums’ collection as life like as possible without having to leave your home.  The only problem with these digital collections are limited to what is within a museums’ archives, but what would happen if an organization collected all these artifacts in one place like a social networking Web site?

Google has done something extraordinary by creating the Google Cultural Institute.  The Google Cultural Institute is part digital archive, part museum, part Pinterest, and part encyclopedia.    It is described as:

“Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.”

Users can browse collections of art, history, and science ranging from classical works to street art to the Holocaust and World War I.  The Google Cultural Institute presents information via slideshows with captions.  Collections are divided by subject and content as well as by the museum where the collections originate.  Using Google Street View users can also view the very place where the collections are stored.  Users can also make their own collections and share them like on Pinterest.

This is an amazing step towards bringing museums into the next step of their own evolution as well as allowing people who might not have the chance to access them see the collections.  The only recommendation is that it would be nice if they put more advertising into the Google Cultural Institute so that people actually know it exists.

Whitney Grace, December 8, 2015
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