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Hong Kong Maritime Museum's Online Exhibits Go Onstage with the Google Cultural Institute
Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) is proud to announce that it has become one of the four newly added local partners of the Google Cultural Institute. Visitors can experience more than 160 items and four exhibitions plus a virtual tour that are now live on the Google Cultural Institute website drawn from the HKMM’s extensive collections.
Visitors via the Google Cultural Institute site can explore an eighteen century unglazed painting of Canton (Guangzhou), the Hong Kong’s first piece of art captured using Google’s gigapixel technology, which is now exhibited at HKMM. Thanks to this technology that brings artwork to life with exceptional with exceptional details unseen by the naked eye.
Richard Wesley, HKMM’s Museum Director, said, “The state-of-the-art technology is extraordinarily powerful that offers visitors another dimension to interact with our artefacts. We are grateful to the Google Cultural Institute for supporting HKMM and the opportunity that this project allows millions of culturally aware patrons an ability to access and explore our Museum from all over the world.
For visitors to HKMM or those interested in maritime museums generally, the Google Cultural Institute contributes to a new total experience and augments traditional online and social media engagement. HKMM can also be accessed via the Google Cultural Institute’s mobile platform available for free download at Google Play Store. The mobile app will keep visitors abreast of the Museum’s special and permanent exhibitions, past and present.
Richard concluded by stating “The Google Cultural Institute is a great platform for us to promote maritime heritage stories and address present issues associated with Hong Kong’s Fragrant Harbour and the Pearl River Delta generally.”
Further information regarding HKMM and its online platforms associated with the Google Cultural Institute can be found at:
Additional Media Coverage
- The 4'11" minute segment with CNN's prime time news show, News Stream hosted by Kristie Lu Stout features Amit Sood laying out the mission of the Google Cultural Institute, talking about the new Hong Kong partners, and showing off a breathtakingly minute detail of Hong Kong's first gigapixel capture by Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
- At the one-hour TV feature program on RTHK (online), Dominic Allon, Managing Director of Google Hong Kong, introduces the Google Cultural Institute and the four new partners from Hong Kong. Suki Chau of St. James' Settlement, says the collaboration is very suitable for Blue House as it is a small historical building with people still living there, and now they can get more people to explore the history and culture in WanChai without worrying about crowd management.
- Hong Kong’s paid TV channel Cable TV features Google Cultural Institute and partners in Hong Kong, especially the Blue House, in its weekly art and culture TV program. People can now explore interesting local stories and visit museums online. Lauren Nemroff, Program Manager of Google Cultural Institute says that Google brings cameras into museums and cultural institutions to enable virtual visits. Partners can easily upload assets to build digital exhibitions and tell the art and culture stories. Museums then can reach the audiences they never knew that they are interested in their arts and collections.
- Local popular tech magazine PC Market runs a 5-page cover story showcasing a series of virtual adventures kids can go on the summer with Google Cultural Institute and the new apps by partners on smartphones.