- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Art and artifacts from Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum can now be viewed online.

The museum has joined more than 500 others, including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, in allowing its exhibits to be featured on Google Cultural Institute, The Oklahoman reported (https://bit.ly/YVOTfH ).

Mike Wooten, operations manager for Google’s data center in Pryor, said physical items tend to decay over time and that the company wants to “preserve and protect that culture.”

“We also want to make it available to everybody,” Wooten said.

Oklahoma’s tourism secretary, Deby Snodgrass, and other officials gathered at the museum Wednesday to celebrate its participation with Google, which they hope will inspire those who see its collection online to see the exhibits in person.



“This provides us the opportunity to share with the world who we are,” the museum’s president Steven Karr said.

About 130 images of the museum’s art and artifacts are online. Pictures of the museum’s collection include Native American art and artifacts and the American bison.

Fourth-graders from Bishop John Carroll School also attended the announcement and looked at the images on the website afterward.

“I think that everybody should go check out the site,” nine-year-old Maddie Smith said.

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Online: www.google.com/culturalinstitute

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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