The White House Partners with Google Art Project for Virtual Tours
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People all across the globe can now take a 360-degree tour of the White House from the comfort of their own homes as the Google Art Project has collaborated with the historic house to create a virtual Google Maps-like tour of the place.

From the public rooms to the famous portraits and artworks adorning the walls of the residence, the new collaboration will present a 360-degree view of the White House.

Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork. They've examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They've imagined the history that's unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too, said the First Lady in a video announcing the White House's participation in the Art Project.

According to the ABCNews, users can browse a wide variety of international treasures in high resolution.

Since the introduction of the Art Project by Google last year, a number of museums and galleries across the globe have partnered with the project. Currently, there are around 46 museums involved in the projects including the National Gallery of America, Great Britain's Tate Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.

Since we introduced the Art Project last year, curators, artists and viewers from all over the globe has offered exciting ideas about how to enhance the experience of collecting, sharing and discovering art. Institutions worldwide asked to join the project, urging us to increase the diversity of artworks displayed, Google said in a blog post.

The Art Project is part of our efforts to bringing culture online and making it accessible the widest possible audience, Google said.