Google turns Queensland Museums treasures digital

21 September 2016

Some of the Queensland Museum Network’s most treasured and iconic items will be on show 24/7 on the Google Arts & Culture Natural History platform, which launched today.

From Queensland’s favourite and much-loved dinosaur Muttaburrasaurus to the pages of one of the world’s earliest books on marine life, the rare 16th Century Libri de Piscibus Marinis (1554–55; “Book of Marine Fish”), by Guillaume Rondelet, the online exhibitions will showcase a few highlights from the museum’s 1.2 million collection items.

The Natural History Platform is part of Google Arts & Culture, which features collection items from over 1000 museums and cultural institutions worldwide.

Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director, Professor Suzanne Miller said the Queensland Museum Network was proud to be part of what will be Australia’s biggest online museum.

“Google’s Natural History Platform has given us the opportunity to share our wonderful collection with the world,” she said.

“As Australia’s most visited museum, we pride ourselves on the quality and diversity of our exhibitions and galleries and we are excited to be able to bring some of our collection to people who might not be able to physically visit our amazing museum.”

“When bringing together the online exhibitions we wanted to highlight some collection items that even our visitors rarely get the chance to see and experience, such as the exotic marine life from the rare Rondelet Book, our large fossils collection and some stunning amber from Cape York.”

“We are immensely excited to launch the Natural History platform on Google Arts & Culture, with the help of the Queensland Museum,” said Alan Noble, Engineering Director, Google Australia.

“This new platform celebrates Australia’s rich and unique offering for natural history, which we can now provide access to for the entire world to experience, especially our education institutions across the country.”

Google Arts and Culture has worked with some of Australia’s best museums to digitise their exhibitions as part of the Natural History platform to create Australia’s biggest and best online museum.

  1. Muttaburrasaurus langdoni: one of the most complete dinosaur fossils in Australia
  2. Rondelet’s “Libri de piscibus marinis”: a book about science, Sea Monks and Sea Bishops
  3. Fossils of the Winton Formation
  4. Insects and Plants of the South East Queensland Coal Measures (Triassic)
  5. The Evolution of Modern Flora
  6. Marine Creatures of the Cretaceous
  7. Cape York Amber and its mysterious botanical origin
  8. Ichthyosaurs of the Toolebuc Formation

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About Google Arts & Culture:

Google Arts & Culture and its partners are putting the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users and are building tools that allow the cultural sector to share more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1000 institutions from 70 countries, giving a platform to over 200 thousand artworks and a total of 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history. The exhibitions on the Google Cultural Institute are open for all online, for free on the web and through the new Google Arts & Culture mobile app on iOS and Android. Read more about Google Cultural Institute here.