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I like the Phoenix! Google resurrects out of the ashes of the National Museum of Brazil, using virtual reality

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Last September, a fire cost him dearly in the world: the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, along with 20 million unique artifacts with information untold about our planet and the past of our civilization, it became smoke.

In the months since extinguished the flames, the researchers only managed to recover from the ashes a small fraction of the museum’s collection. It is a loss that even the most indifferent can understand.

While the chances of retrieving lost everything in the devastating fire are virtually zero, Google made it possible to take a virtual tour of the museum in its former glory.

According to Engadget, a few years before the fire devastated the National Museum of Brazil, the team of Art and Culture of Google began working with the museum to digitize the collection. Now, just a few months after the flames destroyed history, Google has reopened the doors of the museum, although in a virtual way, using images from Street View , and displays digital.

Even before the fateful event, the two institutions were already planning that the collection was available to view online. Of course, no virtual tour can really replace a museum’s physical, or the 20 million artifacts, which the fire destroyed. But tools such as 3D scanning, high-resolution photograph and the virtual reality and augmented, may offer some kind of consolation for all lovers of these items of historical value, though they don’t exist in real life.

For this reason, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in partnership with Google and the Ministry of Education, announced the inclusion of the museum in the platform Arts & Culture, with the launch of seven exhibitions online and a virtual tour with images in 360 degrees Street View.

According to the news agency EFE, the images of the museum were recorded in the year 2017 in a work that was guided by officials of the institution, who undertook to point out what exposures should be included in the virtual tour.

The tour begins outside the museum, in the garden, which is located in the facade, and continues through the exposure of Luzia, arrives in the area of brazilian archeology, passes through the meteorite Bendegó and by the ancient egyptian collection, among others. The tour is available in Portuguese, in Spanish and in English.

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