A couple of years before a fire devastated the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in September, Google’s Arts and Culture team started working with the museum to digitize the collection. Just a few months after the inferno, Google reopened the museum doors in virtual form using Street View imagery and digital exhibits. No virtual tour can replace a physical museum or the estimated 20 million artifacts that the blaze destroyed. But tools such as 3D scanning, hi-res photography, and virtual and augmented reality can offer some form of preservation.
Engadget, Dec. 13