April 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM ET
If you can't get to the White House for a tour, Google has arranged that for you, bringing its Street View cameras inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. so everyone can get a better look at some of the most famous rooms in America.
Google's cameras, positioned on specially built trolleys — careful, don't break the china! — took 360-degree photos of the public rooms of the White House for the Art Project, an online program that provides virtual tours of well-known museums around the world.
"The original Art Project counted 17 museums in nine countries and 1,000 images, almost all paintings from Western masters," a Google spokesperson said in an email Tuesday. "Today, the Art Project includes more than 30,000 high-resolution artworks, with Street View images for 46 museums, with more on the way. In other words, the Art Project is no longer just about the Indian student wanting to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is now also about the American student wanting to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi."
In the first video below, members of the Google Art project and the Google Street View team are shown at the White House, explaining how they did their work:
In the next video, first lady Michelle Obama welcomes viewers to the project. It is here where you will actually get your 360-degree tour.