Bible and Archaeology News
Google and the Israel Museum launched an interactive search engine and virtual museum experience this week that allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the museum’s vast collection of biblical antiquities. In addition, ultra high-resolution images and detailed descriptions of more than 500 objects from the collection are now available with the click of a mouse. The Israel Museum collaboration is one of the highlights of the second phase of the Google Art Project, which has now visually documented and cataloged the collections of more than 170 of the world’s top museums, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Tate Gallery in London. But the project’s addition of the Israel Museum collection, which contains thousands of important archaeological finds from the biblical lands, is a special accomplishment. “We can take the experience of our Israel Museum worldwide,” said museum director James Snyder. “We can give people far away who will never get here a chance, palpably, to feel what this place is about.”
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