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Google turns the Sydney Opera House into an online exhibit

Cultural Institute launches interactive online exhibit with more than 1,000 artifacts and 360-degree video

Google has launched a new interactive feature that brings users inside the Sydney Opera House, one of the world's most iconic works of architecture. The online exhibit, launched this week by the Google Cultural Institute, features more than 1,000 artifacts about the opera house, including early designs from architect Jørn Utzon, rare photographs, and a detailed look at the building's mechanical organ — the world's largest. Google has also released a 360-degree video of the venue, as well as a Street View feature (embedded below) that takes users inside the landmark.

The Sydney Opera House is just the latest addition to the Google Cultural Institute, which launched in 2011 with the aim of bringing the world's most treasured art and artifacts online. The institute has previously produced similar online exhibits about the HolocaustIndian culture and heritage, and Robben Island — where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.