May 21, 2022

Google Cultural Institute Now Offers Access to 3,800 Digitized Items From the National Park Service Museum Collection

From the U.S. Dept. of Interior:

Al Capone's Arrest Record Card Source: Alcatraz Collection via NPS/Google Cultural Institute.

Al Capone’s Arrest Record Card Source: Alcatraz Collection via NPS/Google Cultural Institute.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is partnering with Google to make thousands of historically and culturally significant objects in the National Park Service’s museum collection available online. The Google Cultural Institute uses technologies similar to Google’s Street View – which provides 360-degree views on Google Maps of locations around the world — to photograph and virtually map important artifacts, photos, records and works of art to share important material with global audiences and digitally preserve them for future generations.


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made the announcement at an event marking Black History Month at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, one of the national parks featured in the Google Cultural Institute collection.


Visitors to the National Park Service “channel” will be able to view more than 3,800 works of art, artifacts and records, as well as a Centennial Virtual Exhibit, which features a significant museum object from over 350 national park sites. Users can also build their own collections to share or take virtual, panoramic tours of eminent Americans’ homes.

Direct to National Park Service Collection (via Google Cultural Institute)

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