The Google Cultural Institute will partner with the San Bernardino County Museum to facilitate access to online resources and information about Southern California cultural heritage.
Supervisor James Ramos stated that the partnership provides “a significant opportunity for our county to share our culture and history with the region, the nation and throughout the world.”
“I am proud our county is joining with the Google Art Project to allow more people to share in the wonders of our county. It is my hope that this online platform can be utilized by teachers and parents across the county and the region to educate our students about the diverse culture and rich history of San Bernardino County,” he continued.
As a part of the partnership, the museum will have the ability to upload high-resolution images from its collections for a worldwide audience. Google will in-turn develop “street views,” similar to those currently available on Google maps, that give viewers the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the inside of the museum gallery and exhibitions.
The Cultural Institute stated that, “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The Cultural Institute is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations,” continuing that their belief is that the Cultural Institute can be an “especially useful way to engage students, scholars and teachers through innovative and interactive learning.”
“Google’s project complements the mission of the San Bernardino County Museum,” said Robert McKernan, museum director and project liaison with Google, “and a member of the Google team has already visited our museum. Our collections are of worldwide significance, and this partnership will help spread the word, not only about the cultural richness and diversity of our county and surrounding regions, but about the educational and research opportunities offered through our museum.”
The partnership was approved by a vote of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors at their February 11th meeting.
“Telling the whole story of our region is a vital part of our Countywide Vision,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “This is not only an educational partnership that will open our museum to the Internet frontier, it is a partnership that will help highlight our rich history and promote the treasure that is the County of San Bernardino.”
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org or call their Visitor’s Service line: 909-307-2669.