Cool artifacts from Google's new 3D gallery

Tour the best museums around the world in this virtual collection.

Caption:Kids run next to 'Turning the World Upside Down', a sculpture by Indian British Anish Kapoor displayed at the Israel Museum on March 30, 2015 in Jerusalem.Caption:Kids run next to 'Turning the World Upside Down', a sculpture by Indian British Anish Kapoor displayed at the Israel Museum on March 30, 2015 in Jerusalem.The Israel Museum was one of six international museums chosen by Google. (Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Even for the most ardent enthusiast, visiting all the best sculptures in the world is nearly impossible. And, while seeing photos of sculptures in a big coffee-table book or on your computer screen is great, it pales in comparison to experiencing the work from all sides and angles.

Google may have a solution. The Google Cultural institute has expanded its collections of photos from the world's museums to include 3D scans of sculptures. Users can access the collection via a browser-based viewer that allows them to flip and rotate the artwork.

Six museums are participating in the pilot program including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Oriental Art in Italy, The Israel Museum, The California Academy of Science, The Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Here are three of the cooler sculptures featured with links to where you can see them in 3D:

The Oldest Mask in the World (Israel Museum)

Oldest MaskThe Oldest Mask in the World, dating back 9,000 years, from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. (Photo: Israel Museum via Google)

Made of stone, this 9,000 year-old mask was found in the Israeli desert. Notice there are carvings that look like teeth on the mask.

Dog With a Human Mask (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Dog with a Human MaskA Dog with a Human Mask, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Photo: Los Angeles County Museum of Art via Google)

The museum can only pinpoint a 700-year window in which this odd sculpture was made, between 200 B.C.E. and 500 A.D. It was discovered in Mexico.

Hippopotamus (Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna)

HippopotamusA 4,000-year-old hippopotamus figurine from the Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna (Photo: Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna via Googlee)

This hippo figurine is from 2000 B.C.E., and the fauna painted on it depicts the environment he would inhabit.

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