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Last Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 19:27
  
Houston: Soon art enthusiasts worldwide can experience amazing virtual tours of their favorite museums, without ever having to step out of their homes or to fly to the actual destinations.

The Google Cultural Institute is making it possible to explore art galleries from anywhere in the world.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced on Tuesday it would be joining the hundreds of partners from more than 50 countries that are currently working with the Google Cultural Institute to preserve their work and bring their collections online.

Of the participating museums, the Isabella Stewart Gardner will be one of a handful that will feature a complete first-person walk-through experience or rather a "Street View" as part of its collection.

The Google Cultural Institute captured 360-degree images of each of the Fenway-based galleries, and digitally stitched them together, allowing outsiders to more easily navigate throughout the Museum and explore the halls' history with the click of their mouse.

More than 2,500 objects will be available to peruse online, including iconic works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael and Degas.

Although steeped in 111 years of history, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is taking swift steps into the digital age, now allowing for unparalleled accessibility of its collection to the masses.

"Starting today, people around the world from students and teachers to art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to personally explore one of Boston's great cultural treasures," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in a statement.

"This partnership between Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Google is an example of two organizations sharing ideas and resources to reach a shared vision for what's possible."

The Google Cultural Institute was founded as a means of helping the cultural community bring their art, archives and diverse heritage to the Web.

With every new museum or institution on board, individuals worldwide are granted the opportunity to explore and educate themselves.

Google+ and video hangouts have been integrated into the site to make that education even easier.

With video, patrons are able to invite friends to view and discuss a museum's body of work, or follow a guided tour from an expert.

Gardner Museum director Anne Hawley said she's weighed the liabilities of putting the art within their museum online for free.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 19:27


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