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Highlights of the Australian National Maritime Museum collection on the Google Cultural Institute. Source: ANMM.

Kate Pentecost, New additions to our Google Cultural Institute Collections, ANMM Blog, 24 November 2016

The Australian National Maritime Museum has been Google Cultural Institute Partner since early 2015 and this week we launched our next exciting round of features on the platform.

Sharing our collection with Google

Google’s Cultural Institute began in 2011 as the Google Art Project. It is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations. As partner of the program, the museum joins over 670 other institutions sharing highlights from our collection on the platform as part of a global repository of human history. You can explore the Institute’s collections on their website or through the Arts and Culture app (from the Google Play Store or iTunes store).

Mapping the museum and our vessels

You can now virtually sightsee the permanent galleries and several of our historic vessels through Google Street View on the Arts and Culture platform (and Google maps). The Google team captured over 500 panoramas of our galleries and precinct. This high-resolution imagery has been seamlessly stitched together to guide you through the museum.

Explore our online collection in Street View by clicking the collection items in the tray on the bottom of the screen, or by clicking on the highlighted item directly on the Street View. You can spend an afternoon virtually walking through our galleries, casually reading the object labels…from the comfort of your favourite smart device. Our Navigators and Watermarks galleries, in particular, have many treasures waiting to be discovered.

HMB Endeavour, HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance and top deck of HMAS Onslow were also captured for Street View – this was a world first for Google to digitise heritage vessels while the vessels are in the water. Indeed, the slight motion and rocking of the vessels (especially HMB Endeavour) proved a challenge for the Google team when capturing the imagery.

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