PHOENIX (May 8, 2014) − The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix is the latest cultural institution to have its galleries accessible online using Google’s Street View technology. People around the world will now be able to virtually tour MIM and view more than 5,000 instruments and associated objects from across the globe without ever leaving their home.
While Google Street View is best known for its panoramic views of streets and neighborhoods, the technology also provides a look inside many destinations and heritage sites around the world. To capture the 360-degree images, the Street View team designed a trolley to photograph the interior of notable buildings and landmarks. The images were later stitched together and mapped to their location, enabling online viewers to seamlessly navigate from one room to the next as if they are walking through the space.
“Since MIM’s inception we have been committed to using technology to ensure our guests can connect with our collection on a multisensory level and be inspired by the stories that our exhibits tell. Working with Google Street View is a natural extension of that philosophy,” said Bob Ulrich, founder and board chairman of MIM. “MIM is a museum in constant evolution, so while viewers can get a taste of our collection online, there will always be new exhibits, objects and videos for guests to see when they visit in person.”
Other Arizona destinations currently featuring this technology include the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater.
View MIM using Google’s Street View technology here.
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, or to learn about our Circle of Friends program, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.
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Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM