March 8 - 14, 2015: Issue 205

 Google Cultural Institute launches in Australia – Online Access for Students Young and Old to Australia’s Treasures

   Newport Postcard courtesy National Museum of Australia. Item No.: 0117.0108 - you can also see these images Online at the NSW State Library's Images Collections - circa 1900-1910 - Newport over 100 years ago!

 Google Cultural Institute launches in Australia – Online Access for Children, Students Young and Old to Australia’s Treasures

Have you ever wanted to visit what is inside art galleries and museums that are a bit far away and sometimes difficult to get to?

Have some of your investigations into some of our current and historical days brought up questions and you wanted to search, right then, for answers?

Then this is great news for you – this week the search engine many turn for everything from cat videos to in depth scientific papers, Google, launched ‘Google Cultural Institute Australia’.

“We also used our Street View technology to capture 360-degree panoramic imagery to allow online virtual tours of the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, Sculpture by the Sea and many others.

We hope that this program makes our cultural heritage accessible to many more people - both in Australia and around the world - and also helps to preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations.” Maile Carnegie, Managing Director of Google Australia said this week.

Some words from our Attorney General on this great new resource of over 2000 digitised Australian cultural items currrently available for you to explore:

Google Cultural Institute launches in Australia

Attorney-General for Australia, Minister for the Arts , Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

3 March 2015

Today the collections of fourteen Australian cultural institutions became available online to audiences across Australia and the world with the launch of Google Cultural Institute Australia.

I was pleased to launch Google Cultural Institute Australia with the creator and global Director of Google Art Project and Google Cultural Institute, Mr Amit Sood, at Parliament House today.

Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2011 and today partners with more than 600 organisations in more than 60 countries. Through this project more than 60,000 of the world's most important and compelling artworks have been made accessible in high resolution online.

Australia boasts internationally acclaimed artists, art companies and cultural institutions. Over the past 12 months Google has worked closely with our cultural institutions to bring some of our finest cultural and artistic treasures to the world.

Many of our national collecting institutions will now be accessible online including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial.

A rich collection of artistic and cultural works from state-based institutions has also been captured including the Queensland Museum, Sydney Opera House and the State Library of New South Wales.

Google Australia is providing a generous gift to the Australian public through this collaboration with our museums, libraries and galleries—demonstrating what can be achieved when arts, business and philanthropy come together.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting artistic excellence, and providing access for all Australians to arts and cultural experiences in their own communities.

Google Cultural Institute will take Australia's world class art collections to the world stage and to the homes, schools and offices of Australians in every town, city and region.

Australian partners that are part of Google Cultural Institute:


Australian War Memorial (including Street View tour)

*National Gallery of Australia

National Museum of Australia (including Street View tour)

National Portrait Gallery

Australian National Maritime Museum

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House


*Art Gallery of NSW

*Kaldor Public Art Projects

*Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Powerhouse (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

State Library of NSW

Australian Museum

Biennale of Sydney (StreetView tour of Cockatoo Island 2014 venue)

Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea (StreetView tour)


*Art Gallery of South Australia


*Australian Rock Art (Griffith University)

Queensland Museum (including Street View tour)

Queensland Performing Arts Centre


*Museum Victoria

*Monash University, Faculty of IT

*National Gallery of Victoria

Public Records Office Victoria (Victorian Archives Centre)

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Begin your investigations into a whole world of knowledge, art and information here:

Below is a video that explains how to use this new resource with lots of everything for you!

 Google creates virtual views from technology

 Google Cultural Institute: How To Use the Site

The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online.