Step Inside An Extinct World Brought Back To Life With Google Arts & Culture [Press Release]


Step inside an extinct world brought back to life with Google Arts & CultureA new online experience by Google and some of the most loved natural history institutions in the world allows people to come face-to-face and browse through the most spectacular collection of natural history available in one place

Features two special curations by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya on Indian fauna and flora

India, September 13, 2016- Google Arts & Culture is inviting people to an interactive, dynamic and immersive discovery experience of the diversity and fragility of nature.

Opening today are a set of online exhibitions available at — a partnership between Google and some of the world’s most emblematic Natural History institutions — which will enable web users to discover Natural History treasures. The new collection uses state-of-the-art technology to give a new virtual life to extinct animals, and enables people to browse over a hundred fascinating stories related to the world’s most known fossils, and learn about plants, insects and minerals.

For this project, more than 50 leading natural history institutions from 16 countries — including the Smithsonian, London’sNatural History Museum and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) one of India’s top museums — created over a hundred interactive stories, sharing a total of 300,000 photos, videos and other documents online in collaboration with Google. The latest innovations in technology help bring the magic of these legendary venues to life, and give everyone a chance to reconnect with our evolution story and the richness of our planet.

The new online exhibition opens today at and is open for all online, for free on the web and through the new Google Arts & Culture mobile app on iOS and Android. You can watch all the 360 degree videos on YouTube.

Highlights from India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has created two virtual exhibits. “Fauna of Indian Subcontinent, curated by Mr. Manoj Chaudhari, Assistant Curator (Natural History), draws attention to some of the endangered native Indian species. “The Animal in Indian Art” explores the representation of animals in paintings, literature and as stylized motifs in sculptures from India over the years. It includes  the famous, “Peregrine Falcon on Perch”, a favourite of  the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and painted by Manohar and Ustad Mansur.


Peregrine Falcon on Perch from the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and “Barut Dan”, a gun powder flask made of ivory carved in the shape of a leaping antelope escaping its hunters.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to experience art, history, culture and world wonders from over a thousand organizations worldwide. Google Arts & Culture has been created by the Google Cultural Institute and it is available for free for everyone on the web, on iOS and Android. Read more here.


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