The British Museum and the Google Cultural Institute have combined to create the online Museum of the World.

It’s a cool representation of key artifacts from the museum, grouped thematically and with a timeline. Clicking on the artifact brings you an accessible “box” with added information and audio. Unfortunately for English Language Learners, though, though the audio pretty much says the same thing as the text in the box, it doesn’t exactly repeat it. I’ve found that in a number of online museum sites, and have never understood it — either just repeat what the text says or share some additional new info!

Also, unfortunately, there doesn’t seems to be a way that museum “visitors” can “save” certain artifacts into an online collection.

Despite these shortcomings, it’s still a neat site….