Washington, DC – The Obama administration and Google have teamed to launch a 360-degree virtual online tour of the White House.

Utilizing the same “Street View” cameras it uses as part of its Maps tool, Google captured all of the rooms included in the public White House tour, using high-resolution imaging to showcase details of art and furnishings.

Among the highlights is a “gigapixel” look of the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, which allows viewers to even see spelling errors included in the masterpiece.

“Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in an introductory video (see below). “And now you can do all of that without leaving your home.”

This article was also published in Potomac Tech Wire.

Related links:

The White House – You’re Invited To Take a Virtual Tour of the White House

The White House blog – Go Behind the Scenes as Google “Captures” the White House

Google – Museum View of art in the White House

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