Google makes the Natural History Museum bigger online than it is in real life.


By Egotist / / Google are at it again, digitising everything that exists and used to exist. In this case, they’ve teamed up with London’s world famous Natural History Museum. Under their Arts & Culture umbrella, it features over 300,00 virtual exhibits – much more than the Natural History Museum could ever display in real life. “Dive into the museum’s 80 million specimens with unique, new features: encounter a prehistoric marine reptile in virtual reality, discover pioneering Museum research in a short film, navigate the galleries in 360 degrees care of Google’s Street View team, take a tour of ten new exhibits tackling natural history themes, and take students on an expedition through the galleries to learn about adaptation in the natural world.” This forms part of a broader plan from Google to take more and more museums into the virtual space. So far, over 1000 leading museums and archives have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online. What’s more, all of this content is curated within their Art & Culture mobile app – including 360-degree videos that can be viewed using Google Cardboard for a properly immersive experience. Below is an example of one of their 360 VR videos, bringing a long dead species back to life – in this case, the Rhomaleosaurus: