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Now, you don't have to be in Birmingham to view these and other works of art. Source: WBRC video Now, you don't have to be in Birmingham to view these and other works of art. Source: WBRC video
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) announced a large partnership today that will allow anyone to view their collections from anywhere in the world.

The museum is the first Alabama institution to join the Google Cultural Institute which features different art collections and cultural sites from all over the world. Guests can find over 200 of BMA's 25,000 pieces of art at the virtual institute.

BMA Director Gail Andrews hopes it will encourage people to come and actually visit the museum but also do more.

"If someone is sitting in Saigon and wants to know what's in Birmingham, they may never get to come here, so all those individuals across the world can know Birmingham, Ala. and what a great art museum it has," she said.

The Google Cultural Institute has over 400 art collections already online including those from the Louvre in Paris, France and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City just to name a few. The partnership was announced at a formal event at the BMA Thursday.

"They have such fantastic art here and we've been talking about a partnership for awhile and we're so excited it worked out," said Davis White, a Google representative attending the event.

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