Due to the closures and lockdowns, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has undeniably hit a lot of industries. This shuts down travel-centric destinations like theme parks and museums which includes the Ghibli Museum. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, on the other hand, you don’t have to worry anymore.
You can now have an exclusive online tour in Japan’s Ghibli Museum!
The museum now has a YouTube channel that will take you on an exclusive tour of the Ghibli Museum while it remains in a temporary shut down. You can see the interesting entities behind the Ghibli Museum. As of May 4, 2020, they have already uploaded three videos showcasing artworks in the museum, the installation room, and marveling its beauty at night.
Google Arts & Culture
Aside from the Ghibli Museum, Google Arts & Culture allows other museums to showcase their artworks through an online platform. The public can view high-resolution images and videos of the said artworks and cultural artifacts from partner organizations across the globe. This also utilizes technology that enables the public to virtually tour and see galleries with a piece of contextual information.
Explore and Discover
This also allows users to find artwork by filtering their search with several categories. Of course, this includes the artist, museum, type of work, date, and country. The search will allow the user to see the artwork displayed in a slideshow format. This also enables site users to a more easy search across numerous collections.
Video and Audio Content
Several partner cultural organizations opted to include guided tours or welcome videos of their galleries. This also provides users the option to virtually walk through a museum and listen to an audio guide for certain artworks, or to follow a video tour that guided them through a gallery.
This feature on Google includes several educational tools for teachers and students to use. This also includes educational videos, art history timelines, art toolkits, and comparative teaching resources. Two features are called Look Like an Expert and DIY feature activities similar to those often found in art galleries.
Google Arts and Culture allows people to find their art likeness or doppelganger with a simple selfie. The app also matches the user’s face to old art museum portraits from Google’s database.
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Angela Grace P. Baltan is a Communication graduate from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, and mental health among others.