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Take a Virtual Tour of the White House With Google Street View

by Brandon Russell | April 5, 2012April 5, 2012 2:00 pm PST

Google is capable of some truly amazing things. Just a few days ago the company shared a really impressive video demonstrating its self-driving car, and now it’s giving us virtual access to the most famous home in the world. You can now walk the same halls as some of the greatest minds in U.S. history without ever leaving home.

By employing its 360-degree HD Street View technology, the search giant digitized the same public walking tour you would receive if you were actually in the White House. I stood outside the front gate of the presidential abode when I was younger, but never got the opportunity to go inside. Now I can whenever I want, and so can you.

The new tour is part of the Google Art Project, which gives the entire Internet access to some of the most famous museums and art galleries around the world, including the MoMA, Musei Capitolini and Museum of London.

“The White House isn’t simply a home to First Families or meeting space for world leaders, it’s also known as ‘The People’s House,’ a place that should be open to everyone,” Michelle Obama said while announcing the virtual tour.

Check out the above video to get a full behind the scenes look at the project, and head on over to the Google Art Project page to take a tour of all the collections.

[via Google, Ubergizmo]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...