Google continues to revolutionize our day to day life with its latest addition to the Google Maps for Android. Owners of Android tablets and phones alike can now access floor plans and walking directions for over 20 U.S. museums across the country. The company announced on their blog:
“Today, we’ve added more than twenty popular U.S. museums to our collection of over 10,000 indoor maps that we launched in November: the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and 17 Smithsonian museums—plus a zoo!
To access the floor plans, simply open Google Maps on your Android phone or tablet and zoom in on the museum of interest. To find the museum, either search for it by name using the magnifying glass icon or, if you’re already there, use the “My location” feature to orient yourself. With the “My location” feature enabled you can even get indoor walking directions”.
This is only the beginning, there are plans to add more museums in time. Current expected additions are ”SFMOMA, The Phillips Collection, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans”. Museums that wish to be included are encouraged to visit the Google Map Floor Plan Tool to begin the process.
Definitely exciting news for any museum aficionados; anyone plan to take advantage of this?