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Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

By NBC News

December 26, 2018

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Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

The virtual exhibition is is the result of a venture the museum began two years ago to digitize its collection of 20 million artifacts as a virtual tour using Google's street view technology.

Google Arts & Culture's Chance Coughenour said, "Advances in technology—like high-resolution photography, photogrammetry, [three-dimensional] laser scanning, and virtual and augmented reality—have not only introduced new forms of art, but help us preserve the world's most precious heritage. Even though images cannot replace what has been lost, they offer us a way to remember."

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