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The Russian Museum launches virtual tours

Virtual tours of museums

World’s largest museum of Russian art located in the former Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg has launched a special website for virtual excursions around the museum’s premises.

Now any visitor of the Russian Museum’s new web page can take a “walk” around all the buildings of the museum complex, including the Mikhailovsky, the Stroganovsky, the Marble and the Summer palaces.

All the interiors have been reproduced using panoramic images. Each hall available for exploring online, along with other significant elements of the museum, is accompanied with a text description.

As the Museum’s press-service reports, visitors of the website, unlike usual visitors, can also see the Summer Garden, which is now partially closed due to reconstruction works.

The site of virtual excursions is available in three languages – Russian, English and Finnish. In the near future, Chinese and French versions are planned to be added.

In February, 2011 Google launched a similar project, having opened 17 major museums of the world for virtual tours. Two Russian museums – the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery have entered this list.