Google Arts & Culture

State Library of Queensland’s Google Arts & Culture page is part of a partnership between SLQ and Google, offering a new way to explore the SLQ building and some treasured collection items online in close detail.

In 2016, Google’s Street View team visited SLQ to capture a range of panoramic images throughout the building to create the Museum View experience. At the time, Google also photographed selected collection items at extremely high resolutions, capturing minute details often impossible to see with the naked eye.

Visit SLQ’s Google Arts & Culture page to start your digital exploration.

Museum View

Museum View allows you to virtually discover SLQ from anywhere in the world.

The redeveloped SLQ building, designed by Donovan Hill Peddle Thorp, opened to the public in 2006 at twice its former size. The building was awarded Australia’s top prize for public architecture (the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture) in 2007.

Look up and experience the magnificence of the open-air Knowledge Walk, or find a spot on level 5 to peer down through the building. Head to level 4 to see the serene John Oxley Library, or virtually wander by the intriguing Black Opium rooms, part of a public art installation by Queensland artist Fiona Foley. Observe the quirks of the Asia Pacific Design Library on level 2, or enjoy the view over to Brisbane city through the glass windows of the Red Box on level 2. Examine valuable collection items and photographs displayed on the Talbot Family Treasures Wall on level 4, or take a behind-the-scenes peek in the huge level 4 repositories, usually inaccessible by the public.

There’s so much to find — all at the click of a mouse.

Gigapixel images

Take an extremely close look at a curated selection of treasured items from SLQ’s First World War, music, and Australian South Sea Islander collections.

Discover extraordinary levels of detail on photographs, documents, certificates, collages, postcards and more digitised at a very high resolution.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture is an innovation partner for cultural institutions. The team provides technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, in museums. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available on the web, on iOS and Android, allowing users to explore exhibitions from over a thousand museums.

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