Google’s Cultural Institute

History buffs and students – depending on  subject interest – will be pleased with Google’s Cultural Institute, a digital archive that is visually rich with photographs, historical documents, and videos.It began with 42 collections, and is partnering with museums and cultural organizations for more.

A time line on the front page scans from 1905 to the present. Many of the topics relate to the Second World War and aftermath  or to South Africa – Nelson Mandela.

Partial view of timeline at Google Cultural Institute

Time line at Google Cultural Institute

A fuller view of content may be obtained from the Explore option where projects are listed. Among these are:

  • Art project – collections, galleries and artists around the world.  Art Gallery of Ontario has some artworks on display.  Browse the Art Project by museum or artist. People with a touch screen will have an advantage. Unfortunately, notes on individual artworks are scant.
  • World Wonders has segments on regions, nature, archaeology, architecture  – more.- shown through photographs, videos (of mixed quality ), and Google Earth 3D views.
  • Dead Sea Scrolls was a partnered project with the Israel Museum through which five scrolls were put online.  In the last week, another 5,000 images of scroll fragments of biblical sections have been released. Details were well covered in the press: Dead Sea Scrolls online library launched by Google and Israel (Dec 18 – MSNBC) and  Google puts Dead Sea Scrolls sacred text online (PCWorld).  Access the site directly at the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library.

The  Cultural Institute opened in October 2012 and was described in this CNet article – Google Cultural Institute brings dozens of new exhibits online  (October 10)