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Google's virtual 'night at the museum'

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>> Queuing for museums is an old school activity. But know you can see most of it online from the comfort of your bed. Google's arts and culture project was originally launched as a way to see fine art online. Now, they're branching into science. I'm Rosanna Philpott reporting for Reuters, and I'm in the Natural History Museum in London.
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But even if you're halfway across the world, you can be too, with one of these. A smartphone, tablet or any computer can bring you back 4.6 billion years into natural history. The project essentially forms an enormous database from 60 different natural history museums from across the world. But it's also designed to be an immersive virtual experience, like a 360 museum style of Google Street View.
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>> You can walk down the museum halls and have a look at the exhibits, and videos have been fleshed out to bring extinct animals to life.
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You could be a kid sitting in Bombay. You could be sitting anywhere you like. And you could actually take a walk through the Hintze Hall at the National History Museum in London.
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And then, pop directly into the National History Museum in Belgium, seeing the largest dinosaur hall. You can do a lot of crazy, cool stuff.>> Some may argue going online and fancy gadgets could never replace the real museum experience. If you're a proper natural history super fan, you could consider doing both, simultaneously.
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