The Computer History Museum (CHM) is partnering with Google Cultural Institute on a special exhibit bringing online the live visitor experience of its signature exhibition Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing. Revolution is a sweeping, modern exhibition designed to look at every major aspect of the extraordinary history of computing—from the abacus to the smart phone.
Online visitors will experience 19 icons in the history of computing, each highlighting a particular aspect of the evolution of computing. Using the Street View feature, people can visit this stunning exhibition virtually on online, experiencing artifacts on display in the museum’s signature gallery.
Visitors to the Cultural Institute can also virtually move around the Computer History Museum using the indoor Street View feature. A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of the interior of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over all galleries within the exhibition. The gallery interiors can also be explored directly from within Street View in Google Maps.
“The street view feature is really exciting because it allows virtual visitors to experience the museum’s exhibitions as they were designed. Online visitors are able to appreciate the scale of these historic artifacts and understand their relationship to each other as never before,” said Kirsten Tashev, Vice-President, Collections & Exhibitions.
Google’s Cultural Institute is an online platform for cultural institutions where they can present high-resolution images and authoritative information about their collections and exhibitions. The site currently supports nearly 350 collections from 54 different countries – more than 50,000 works of art.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.
The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours and an award-winning education program. The Museum’s signature exhibition is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” described by USA Today as “the Valley’s answer to the Smithsonian.” Other current exhibits include “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” and “Going Places: The History of Google Maps with Street View.”