Google puts Brazil’s destroyed Museu Nacional online

In September, Brazil’s national museum was heavily damaged by fire – a blaze that took with it some of the world’s most treasured artifacts. With an estimated 92% of its archive lost forever, the 200-year-old building is now permanently closed.

Today, Google announced it had digitally captured many of the exhibits at the Museu Nacional:

The section is a mixture of still images and virtual tours that use a Street View-like interface to look around.

It is of course little consolation for losing the physical objects, and the important history they held, but it at least acts as something of a record of what was once on show.