NPM launches new online displays on Google Arts

National Palace Museum has expanded its display on Google Arts and Culture. (Courtesy of National Palace Museum)
National Palace Museum has expanded its display on Google Arts and Culture. (Courtesy of the National Palace Museum)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — The National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院) has expanded its display on a Google platform, allowing viewers from around the world to access the museum’s collections online, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

In addition to the hundreds of items that are already on display, the museum added four more online exhibitions on the Google Arts and Culture platform to highlight some of the most renowned items in its collection, according to the statement.

The new items include the “Decorative Beauty of Tibetan Dragon Buddhist Canon” (龍藏經), also called manuscript Kangyur (meaning of translated words), an imperial manuscript written in gold ink in Tibetan compiled during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911); and “Hsi-tsun” (犧尊), a bronze ritual animal-shaped vessels.

Also on display, “Traveling Among Mountains and Streams” features various paintings of the landscapes of Northern Song dynasty (960-1270) as well as “Spring in the Han Palace” (漢宮春曉), a work depicting various activities on a spring morning in a Han dynasty (206 BC-220) palace.

In addition to the exhibitions, the platform also presents virtual tours of both the National Palace Museum in Taipei and its southern branch, which is located in Chiayi County.

The National Palace Museum has dedicated itself to melding culture and technology in recent years, “hoping to make its national treasures and remarkable cultural inheritance more accessible to people around the world,” according to the Google Arts and Culture website.

The National Palace Museum is reportedly the first museum in the Chinese-speaking community to display its collection in high-resolution images on the platform.

To see the National Palace Museum’s collection on Google, click here.