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The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online
With a team of dedicated engineers, Google is building tools that make it simple to tell the stories of our diverse cultural heritage and make them accessible worldwide. 

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We have created this site to provide a visually rich and interactive online experience for telling cultural stories in new ways. Discover exhibits by expert curators, find artifacts, view photographs, read original manuscripts, watch videos, and more.

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We have worked with organizations from across the globe on a variety of projects; presenting thousands of works of art online through the Art Project, bringing to life the wonders of the world through the World Wonders Project and showcasing the Dead Sea Scrolls.

ere you will find all sorts of interesting information about culture and history:
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Kenya History and Cultural Stories Go Global

The richness of Kenya's history and diverse cultures comes alive online with the launch of the *Kenya National Archives & Documentation Centre on the platform. In partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, the National Archives has launched a digital image collection of 1,000 photographs, documents, artifacts, and artworks, and eight curated exhibits.  Highlights include an exhibition on Kenya's founding fathers, pre-colonial weapons, traditional carvings and sculptures. 

Follow this link to start exploring the Kenya National Archives collection* →

#Kenya   #Kenyan   #mashujaa   #mashujaawetu   #Africa    +Google Africa 
The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
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Born #onthisday  in 1885 - Niels Bohr, Danish physicist and Nobel laureate who advanced understanding of atomic structures. 

This sketch of Bohr was drawn by the great nuclear physicist Homi Bhaba. The portrait is in the collection of the +Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 

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Chopin Competition Takes Center Stage Starting Today  
The International Chopin Competition, hosted by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Poland, is one of the most important piano events in the world []. It's held only once every five years. For the first time, you can watch live concerts on +YouTube. Catch the live-stream of the inaugural concert tonight at 19:30 CET (6:30pm GMT) on the channel here:

You can learn more about the composer and the history of the thrilling "Chopin Olympics" in two new exhibitions and a collection of 70 rare documents, including 20 audio files, all presented and curated by the Chopin Institute. Just follow this link:

In collaboration with the Cultural Institute, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum also presents a newly captured gigapixel image of Chopin’s autograph-manuscript Fantaisie-Impromptu [op. 66] in C-sharp minor. Zoom into every note and annotation on his two-page, ink and paper document from 1834-35 here:

#chopin #classicalmusic #piano #chopincompetition #ChopinInstitute  
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"Chopin was a genius of universal appeal. His music conquers the most diverse audiences. When the first notes of Chopin sound through the concert hall there is a happy sigh of recognition. All over the world men and women know his music. They love it. They are moved by it. Yet it is not 'Romantic music' in the Byronic sense. It does not tell stories or paint pictures. It is expressive and personal, but still a pure art. Even in this abstract atomic age, where emotion is not fashionable, Chopin endures. His music is the universal language of human communication. When I play Chopin I know I speak directly to the hearts of people!"
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Commemorating legendary jazz saxophonist and composer John "Trane" Coltrane, born on this day in 1926. Click on the image below to take a closer look at  Tribute to John Coltrane painted on a brick wall in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Strawberry Hill where Coltrane once lived. In a recent interview (, Lewis recalled that he found inspiration for the artwork by listening to Coltrane's music on his bike route to paint the mural each day."

Sadly, this beautiful work was destroyed when the building was demolished by developers in 2014. Luckily, the location is digitally preserved in this high resolution image from The Mural Arts Program Philadelphia and in #StreetView  imagery of the neighborhood taken previously.

#Philadelphia #muralarts #StreetArt   #JohnColtrane #Jazz   #OTD   #StreetView    
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À l'occasion des 400 ans du Palais du Luxembourg, le Sénat ouvre ses portes pour une visite de la plus haute importance!

On the occasion of the 400th birthday of the Luxembourg Palace, the French Senate has opened its doors for your visit! 

Explore new exhibitions and virtual tours of this great landmark of French architecture and garden design:

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The answer to Friday's "WHAT IS IT" post is...a coffin.   It is a customary in Ghana to commission sculptural coffins, known as abebu adekai  (or "containers of proverbs") for deceased family members.  Coffins of expensive cars and other symbols of wealth and status are often used to commemorate the deceased relative's life and achievements.
According to the curators at the +Royal Ontario Museum, this Mercedes Benz coffin "is a popular model" and "commonly used by the Ga people living in the coastal area near Accra and neighbouring towns."  This particular model was made by the foremost fantasy coffin artist in Accra, Paa Joe. His coffins are collected by museums across the world.  Learn more about Paa Joe and the Ga coffins here: 

#coffin   #fantasycoffin   #Gapeople   #Accra   #Ghana   #MercedesBenz   #funerarypractice  
The mercedes benz coffin is a popular model of sculptural coffin used by the Ga people living in the coastal area near Accra and neighbouring towns. This type of coffin is known internationally as fantasy coffins. They are called locally abebu adekai, meaning containers of proverbs. They are commisioned by the children of a deceased person to commemorate and celebrate his or her life achievements and success. The mercedes benz is the symbol of ec...
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Suffragettes: hear their roar over a century later!

The story behind the women who achieved equal voting rights and elected the first women to government is shocking and inspiring. Check out the new online exhibit from +BFI, Suffragettes: Make More Noise  →  .  

A must-see before hitting the theatre to see the new film #Suffragette .
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25th Anniversary of Germany's Reunification
On Unity Day today, we invite you to mark this special anniversary by exploring the history and personal stories of reunification in online exhibitions and archive of fascinating photographs, documents, and artifacts →

Learn about the 1961 construction of the infamous Berlin Wall, life in the divided city over nearly three decades, the Fall of the Wall in 1989, and the re-building Germany and its society.  

These materials have been expertly curated by our partners, which include the DDR Museum, German Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv), and Robert Havemann Gesellschaft  

#Generation25   #Berlin   #Reunification #Bundesarchiv  +DDR Museum  #Bundesarchiv  +Das Gedächtnis der Nation  #ColdWar  +Getty Images +Peter Millar
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What world heritage site is constructed from 55,000 square meters of stone without any glue?  BOROBUDUR, the world's largest Buddhist temple complex. Explore this very special place in Indonesia virtually with #StreetView and the +Google Cultural Institute  by following this link →

Discover one of the oldest, largest, and steepest(!) Buddhist temple complexes in the world. Borobudur's sheer size is impressive - over 2,500 square meters - but its beauty really lies in the detail. Discover the bas reliefs and statues up close in 8 new exhibits on the Cultural Institute: These special digital stories are presented by Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko (the national authority responsible for the protection and conservation of Borobudur and surrounding heritage sites). 

Discover many more Wonders of Indonesia on the Cultural Institute  →

Want more?  Get the scoop on this special Street View trekker capture which involved climbing thousands of steps!  →

#Borobudur   #Buddhism   #UNESCO   #Indonesia   #WorldWonders  
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Happy Birthday Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Click on the image to take a closer look at artist Jean Marcellino's fine portrait of Justice O'Connor painted on the occasion of her retirement in 2006.  The painting now hangs in the +National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
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Paul Otlet, Internet visionary and father of information sciences gets a special #birthday #GoogleDoodle .  Learn more about his +Mundaneum, a project to map all the world's information in 1910. Explore fascinating exhibits and artifacts from the +Mundaneum here:

And, watch an #arttalks with the Mundaneum and author and designer Alex Wright. Follow this link:
“Paul Otlet (1868-1944), founder of the Mundaneum”
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