National Museum of Antiquities featured on Google website with Street View and Gigapixel

10 December 2013

Mummy coffin of the priest DjedmontuiufankhMummy coffin of the priest Djedmontuiufankh

As from December 2013, impressive new features have been added to the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in Leiden on the website of the Google Cultural Institute: a Street View interface and a Gigapixel image of an Egyptian mummy case. You can zoom in and examine even the tiniest details of the 3,000-year-old coffin of the priest Djedmontuiufankh. Furthermore, the number of objects from the museum collection included in Google’s online art platform has been increased to almost 400. In Street View, you can explore all three floors of the museum building.

Street View of all three floors of the museum

Previously, the only Dutch museums with Street View were the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Now, all three floors of the National Museum of Antiquities are available in Street View, including the permanent exhibitions of four archaeological collections: Classical Antiquity, Egypt, the ancient Near East, and the Netherlands from prehistory to the Middle Ages. In Street View, you can also find more information about 150 objects, with high-resolution photographs. (Use the photo strip at the bottom of the page or the black-and-white squares in the gallery image.)

Gigapixel: ultra-detailed image of Egyptian mummy case

The mummy case of the Egyptian priest Djedmontuiufankh was selected for inclusion as a Gigapixel image. This is one of the finest mummy cases in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities. Google used special equipment to capture the image of this vividly painted mummy case, as it did earlier to photograph Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The photo has been modified so that you can zoom in on the smallest details of the painted decoration: an exceptional resource for Egyptologists and other inquisitive viewers.

Almost four hundred highlights from the collection in high resolution

Google Cultural Institute makes highlights from the collections of nearly three hundred renowned museums accessible around the world as high-resolution images. Ten Dutch museums are included on the website. The National Museum of Antiquities now has a total of almost 400 highlights on the Google Cultural Institute website. The site’s predecessor, Google Art Project, presented some 300 objects from Leiden.