Thursday, August 18, 2011

Explore the Iraq Museum with Google Maps Street View

Over the last couple of years Google has continued to expand the catalog of  Google Maps Street View imagery. This week interior imagery of The Iraq Museum was added to Google Maps Street View. Using Street View you can take a virtual tour of the museum. You can find the imagery in the Google Maps gallery or on the museum's website.

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The Iraq Museum contains artifacts representing some of the earliest civilizations. The museum is still closed to the public, and even if it wasn't the chances of taking your students on a field trip to it are slim, but through the use of Google Street View and the museums's virtual tours you and your students can explore the contents of the museum.

I enjoyed reading the Google Lat Long blog post about how the Google Maps team captured the imagery. If you're interested in how they did it, take a few minutes to read the post.