Biblical Archaeology Review 38:4, July/August 2012

Strata: Visit the Israel Museum—At Home

There’s no need to deal with expensive airline tickets and large crowds. Thanks to a new collaboration with Google, you can browse the vast collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem from the comfort of your home.

The Israel Museum recently announced that it will be joining the Google Art Project, which provides virtual tours of museums throughout the world. Launched in February 2011, the project now includes more than 150 leading museums in 40 countries, showcasing high-resolution images of more than 30,000 objects, all of which can be searched by location, artist, collection and other keywords.

Among the 520 pieces that the Israel Museum will be contributing to the Google Art Project is a 9,000-year-old Neolithic chalk stone mask that was found in the remains of a tomb near Hebron, as well as other ancient pieces from its extensive and newly renovated Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing.

While there may be no substitute for seeing these outstanding artifacts in person, the high-quality, zoomable images may sometimes provide viewers an even closer look than the exhibit case will allow.

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