Today, Google Cultural Institute Pakistan held a press event in Lahore to discuss their latest efforts of bringing Pakistani history and culture online. They have recently been working with 6 new institutions to add over 400 new items and 12 special exhibits to Google’s online platform. These institutions include:
- Lahore Museum
- Mohatta Palace Museum
- Walled City of Lahore Authority
- Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
- Fakir Khana Museum
- AAN Collection
Moreover, they have virtually brought 12 historical sites of Pakistan to Google Street View images. Therefore, you can now virtually stroll around Forecourt of the Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore Museum itself or the Badshahi Mosque to name a few. You can checkout all these Wonders of Pakistan at this link: g.co/pakistanculture.
Ann Lavin — Director Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google Asia Pacific — was also present at the event. Here is what she said about the Google Cultural Institute.
The mission of the Google Cultural Institute is to make the world’s heritage accessible for global audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come. Pakistan is brimming with a rich historical and cultural heritage, with stories and artifacts that we are keen to preserve for the future generations. We are honored to work with these iconic institutions to bring their unique collections online through the power of technology. When technology meets art and culture, amazing things happen.
The Google Cultural Institute has been partnering with Asian art and culture institutes since 2012. This is the first time that GCI has worked with Pakistani institutes to bring their exhibits online. I personally think that it turned out pretty well, what do you think? Go experience all the new collections at g.co/pakistanculture and than share your experience with us below.