First Lady, Google launch White House virtual tours

Apr 03, 2012
A view of the White House from the South lawn March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that Google is opening doors to the White House on the Internet by letting users pay virtual visits to all the public rooms.

First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that Google is opening doors to the White House on the Internet by letting users pay virtual visits to all the public rooms.

The US president's home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is part of a Google Art Project that lets online visitors step into museums, galleries and other famous spaces and look around as though they were there.

"The White House isn't simply a home to first families or a meeting space for world leaders, it's also known as 'The People's House,' a place that should be open to everyone," said in a video message.

"Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork. They've examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy," she said.

"They've imagined the history that's unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home."

Google used cameras in rooms to capture images in 360 degrees to provide a sense of being able to gaze around full circle, zooming in on pieces of art or other features.

President and the have been known to unexpectedly drop in on groups touring the White House, which has logged about 2.5 million visitors during the past three years.

The online opening of the White House came with word of the expansion of the Art Project, launched early last year, to include more than two dozen new partners.

The website at GoogleArtProject.com was not live when the addition of the White House was announced.

Explore further: LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

YouTube Limits Cookie Tracking on White House Website

Jan 23, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- With the launch of President Obama's White House website, three days ago, there has been extensive use of YouTube videos on the site. As we all know Google now owns YouTube and tracks every vi ...

Obama joins Google+

Nov 23, 2011

Google+, the Internet search giant's rival to Facebook, has a high-profile new member: US President Barack Obama.

Virtual White House tours go online

Nov 10, 2010

The Oval Office, the "situation room" and the first family's organic garden are among the highlights of a new virtual tour of the White House put online Tuesday.

Recommended for you

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

2 hours ago

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

8 hours ago

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

White House updating online privacy policy

12 hours ago

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Suddenly health insurance is not for sale

(HealthDay)— Darlene Tucker, an independent insurance broker in Scotts Hill, Tenn., says health insurers in her area aren't selling policies year-round anymore.