Google launches virtual tour at the National Museum before the fire; know how to use

Google Arts & Culture, which gathers collections of cultural institutions from around the world, began to count on Thursday (13) with a 360º virtual tour through rooms of the National Historical Museum and exhibition of historical pieces of the institution. With the tour, it is possible to recall the palace before the September fire, when 92% of the collection was damaged by fire.

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The reconstruction was done with images captured in 2017, in a Google project in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the Ministry of Education (MEC). The online platform contains nine museum exhibits and a 360-degree tour of some of the palace's rooms - including the one that housed the skull of Luzia, the oldest woman in the Americas, and the Bendego meteorite. Here's how to do the virtual tour of the place with Google Arts & Culture.

Arts and Culture page dedicated to the National Historical Museum

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Step 1. Go to the Google Arts & Culture page and press the magnifying glass icon on the upper right side of the screen;

Click on the Google Arts & Culture magnifying glass icon

Step 2. In the search field, type "National Museum", without quotes. Among the search results, check the option "Inside the National Museum";

National "on the Google Arts & Culture website

Step 3. Scroll down to the "Online Exhibition Go Back In Time and Explore". Click on the image;

Scroll down to the Google Arts & Culture online exhibition

Step 4. You will be directed to the exhibit. Tap the right side arrow to start;

Click on the side arrow to start the exhibition on Google Arts & Culture

Step 5. On the next screen, the actual exposure begins. Soon after entering the page, a narration will begin, which in the first image is about the fire that attacked the palace in September. You can mute content by clicking the speaker icon or pausing it in the pause symbol;

You can mute or pause audio from the guided tour

Step 6. To change the environment of the museum, it is necessary to press, at each screen, the side arrow;

Always change the environment with the side arrows

Step 6. At the exhibition, the user can explore both the gardens and museum rooms, in the same way as it is done in Google Maps. Therefore, to "rotate" within the same environment, simply click the mouse at a point and at the same time drag the cursor in the opposite direction, as if you were dragging the screen;

National museum

Step 7. To walk through the aisles, simply point the mouse pointer at a fixed point and, when you see the arrow symbol on the screen, click on it;

Stroll through the corridors of the National Historical Museum

Step 8. To approach a piece, point the mouse pointer next to it, and then click on the arrow symbol that appears.

Tour of the National Historical Museum

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