Today, an increasing number of cultural institutions across the globe are finding new ways to digitally attract and educate audiences. From 3D scans of sculptures to free art books, many arts organizations now provide free online resources to the public. In addition to research tools, however, some museums have taken this digitization trend to the next level by offering exclusive virtual tours of their premises and permanent collections through their websites, with Florence’s famed Uffizi Gallery as a recent recruit.
Available on the Uffizi’s website, this virtual tour allows anyone to “visit” the museum from the comfort of his or her home. As it is presented by Google, the tour is rendered in the user-friendly, drag-and-drop style of Google Maps. Therefore, rather than simple still images, the tour offers a 360-degree look (complete with clickable descriptions of most works of art) at the site. This enables onlookers to observe their surroundings from more angles and, consequently, culminates in a more lifelike experience.
See masterpieces of the Renaissance with this virtual tour of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.
Here’s an interactive look at the Uffizi Gallery:
Source: My Modern Met