Sunday, October 9, 2016

Google Arts & Culture features several Korean natural history museums

It looks like several Korean natural history museums have had their collections added to Google's online exhibitions.

국립해양생물자원관, the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea, featured in Google Ats & Culture

Earlier this year, Google released a service called "Google Arts & Culture" to help bring museum collections online. They'd already included a lot of artworks, and now added natural history exhibits.

Starting today, anyone, anywhere can explore this world on Google Arts & Culture. We’ve partnered with 50+ of the world’s leading natural history institutions to bring this lost world to life again online. More than 150 interactive stories from experts, 300,000 new photos and videos, and more than 30 virtual tours await you...
[Official Google Blog: An extinct world brought back to life with Google Arts & Culture]

Blotter pointed out that several Korean natural history museum collections are now featured there, including:

These collections seems to be fully documented in both Korean and English. You can change the language just by tweaking the URL. The links above are for English. Browse around all the neat specimens. I like this fish (apparently called a Lagocephalus lagocephalus oceanicus, or somehow simply 꺼끌복), because I feel like he looks like me. 

The most fun, of course, is actually wandering around the museum grounds themselves, street-view style. 

Happy exploring.

UPDATE 2016-11:
Google have also added works from artist Yoo Young-kuk (유영국). See their blog post about it (in Korean) here:
Google 한국 블로그: '한국 추상화의 선구자' 유영국 작가의 작품을 더 가까이 만나보세요
And see their entry for Yoo and his work here:
유영국 - Google Arts & Culture
For a primer on his abstract style and the importance of his work in Korea's modern history, see these articles:

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