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African American museum goes high tech

Lonny Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, speaking at a podium
Lonny Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo: Google.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture today is launching a new interactive installation that was constructed via 3D scanners by Google's Black Googler Network.

Why it matters: The installation will allow museum visitors to interact with rare artifacts in 3D, giving people access to objects that otherwise would not be featured in the museum, the engineers said Thursday night.