The Smithsonian is no stranger to 3D technology. But the museum and research institution has released a video showing how it is using 3D-scanning technology that has previously been used in films and architecture to scan its exhibits, eventually giving historians and even casual observers the opportunity to explore artifacts inside and out.

The Arts and Industries Building, Northwest Corner. (Eric Long)

“This data is going to be used to support research at the Smithsonian and it is also going to be used as a public access tool,” says Vince Rossi during the video. Rossi leads the Smithsonian’s 3D Digitization team along with Adam Metallo.

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