Last September, a fire cost the world dearly: the National Museum of Brazil in Ro de Janeiro, along with 20 million unique artifacts with incalculable information about our planet and the past of our civilization, turned into smoke.
In the months since the flames died out, the researchers only managed to recover from the ashes a small fraction of the museum's collection. It is a loss that even the most indifferent can understand.
While the chances of recovering everything lost in the devastating fire are virtually nil, Google made it possible to virtually tour the museum in its former glory.
According to Engadget, a few years before the fire devastated the National Museum of Brazil, the Google Art and Culture team began working with the museum to digitize the collection. Now, just a few months after the flames destroyed history, Google has reopened the museum's doors, albeit virtually, using Street View images and digital exhibits.
Even before the fateful event, both institutions were already planning to make the collection available for viewing online. Of course, no virtual visit can really replace a physical museum, nor the 20 million artifacts that the fire destroyed. But tools such as 3D scanning, high resolution photography and virtual and augmented reality can offer some kind of comfort to all lovers of those elements of historical value, even if they no longer exist in real life.
Therefore, the Federal University of Ro de Janeiro (UFRJ), in association with Google and the Ministry of Education, announced the inclusion of the museum on the Arts & Culture platform, with the launch of seven online exhibitions and a virtual tour with images in 360 degrees of Street View.
According to the news agency EFE, the images of the museum were recorded in 2017 in a work that was guided by officials of the institution, who were responsible for indicating which exhibitions should be included in the virtual tour.
The visit begins outside the museum, in the garden that is on the facade, and continues through the Luzia exhibition, arrives at the area of the Brazilian archeologist, passes through the meteorite of Bendeg and through the Egyptian collection, among others. The tour is available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.