Google Art Project brings you a virtual tour in White House

Tue 10 April 2012 11:00, Qin Hu

Google Art Project brings you a virtual tour in White House

Google Art Project, an adaption of Google’s Street View already allowed you to visit museums, and now it also includes the public rooms of the White House, according to Google’s last week’s announcement.

With this virtual tour, a visitor is free to “walk” through the entrance hall of the White House; exam portraits, floor plans and chandeliers. What’s more, people can see 139 paintings (including the first lady’s portraiture), sculptures and pieces of furniture. 

Next to viewing White House artefacts, you can also check out the 13 public rooms, including the banquet hall and the library. The Rose Garden of White House also can be seen after you zoom through a formal room.



First lady Michelle Obama also attended to promote the activity and said, “thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork. They have examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy. They have imagined the history that is unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home, because after all, this is your house, too.”

I like this idea pretty much and think it is very useful, especially for people who are non-American citizens. People don’t need to prepare official documents and stand in the long queue and wait any more. Google Art Project includes the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Museums from around the world, including Versailles are also part of the art tour. 

I am wondering whether some Chinese museums will join this art tour or Baidu starts its Chinese art tour. If so, a lot of tourist will be happy – saving money on tickets  

This is how Google team created the White House tour.




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