Downtown museum becomes part of Google Art Project

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The first museum in the south is now one of the first museums on Google. The Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown is one of two southeast museums chosen to be a part of the Google Art Project.

Every year about 40,000 people visit the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown to check out their collection of southern art work. But with the help of the Google Art Project, millions of people can now visit.

Executive director Angela Mack says the museum being selected as part of the project is an honor.

Now, the museum is just one click away from sharing its unique history with the rest of the world. From sculptures to miniature portraits, 50 of the museums 10,000 pieces were selected to be displayed interactively on Google.

"We are with such prestigious institutions around the world and I think it puts a stamp of how significant Charleston is in the world of art," Mack said.

Mack says some of the pictures are so vivid on Google, you can see down to the brush strokes. But Mack says even though the pictures may pop online, it's still not like seeing the real thing in person.

The museum is one of 151 museums chosen for the Google Art Project and only 29 of those museums are in the United States.

The Google Art Project started last year and debuted with 17 museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. The website went live with more than 100 new additions on Tuesday.

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