You can sit all day on the couch and watch TV or read a book, but did you know now you can also visit museums and landmarks.  Check out this link from Engadget:

Engadget: Google Street View invades historic landmarks, makes it unnecessary for you to ever leave the house

Now, take it a step further and visit some of the museums yourself.  Here’s where you can do it:

Google Art Project

Here’s what it might look like:

Viewing a Museum in the Google Art ProjectYou can navigate any which way with the arrows to walk through the room:

Navigation Arrows

Here’s the outdoor visit: the colosseum in Roma, Italy.

Satellite View of the Colosseum

If you drag the little man from the left hand side, you can see how the “Street View” routes actually enter the Colosseum.

Street View Routes in the Colosseum

Now you can see your view:

Inside Street View of the Colosseum

Even more interesting, you can see people’s photos mapped to the view:

Photos in Street View

If you want to see more landmarks, you can check out the gallery:

Google Maps Gallery

You can even visit Antartica!  (I like that the man turns to a penguin)

Antartica in Street View

Or, you can visit Sea World!

Sea World Routes in Street View

Looks like fun on a hot day!  (The street view person should be a killer whale in my opinion.)

View of Sea World from Street View

Can I put my vote in for the next museum to get “invaded”?  How about the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky?  I have been trying to figure out a way I incorporate a visit along with another trip, and I haven’t figured it out yet.  Until I can work it into a trip or I can convince Google to add it, I’ll have to live with their Virtual Tour (which isn’t bad).

For now, Street View stops at the gate.

Creation Museum Street View

Not enough couch touring?  Check out this site to fill your endless tourism needs:

Google Sightseeing


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