Ironically, Austria is not part of Google Street View due to the country’s strict data privacy laws, so the tour of the museum’s 39 exhibit halls using the Street View technology is a bit of a novelty.
Plus, you can visit the museum from the comfort of your home, without paying an entrance fee!
It’s part of Google’s Arts & Culture project – and showcases some of the Natural History Museum’s unique objects, such as the 29,500-year-old Venus of Willendorf, the Steller’s sea cow that became extinct over 200 years ago, and enormous dinosaur skeletons.
More recent additions to the museum include a new Digital Planetarium featuring fulldome projection technology that gives visitors the chance to embark on fascinating virtual journeys to the edge of the Milky Way galaxy or Saturn’s rings.
Around 60 scientists work at the Natural History Museum, carrying out research in a wide range of fields related to earth sciences, life sciences and human sciences. It’s one of the largest non-university research centres in Austria.
“We want to show as many people as possible the treasures that exist inside the NHM Vienna, and maybe encourage them to come and visit the museum in person,” the museum’s director Christian Köberl said in a press release. “One hundred stories told will invite thousands more to discover,” he added.
The museum was photographed with a special 360-degree camera – enabling a virtual panoramic view of the 39 exhibit halls.
Virtual tours using the Google Street View technology are also available for Schönbrunn Palace, the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Albertina, the National Library and Belvedere Palace.