Sunday, February 01, 2009

Smithsonian putting its Indian museum online

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is putting its 800,000-object collection online.

The museum plans to launch the first phase of the project Monday, beginning with 5,500 items and photographs. The project is part of the museum's regular website. Officials say the digital showcase will allow people living far away from the museum's three locations in Washington and New York to view its archives.

Currently, the museum can barely display 1% of its collection at its locations. Officials say it will take about four years to put all of its objects on the website.

-- associated press

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