With indoor maps and walking directions for U.S. museums now available on Android phone or tablet, through Google Maps for Android, you can plan your route from exhibit to exhibit, identifying points of interest along the way, including between floors.
Today, Google added over twenty popular U.S. museums to its collection of over 10,000 indoor maps was launched in November last year.
To access the floor plans, simply open Google Maps on a Android phone or tablet and zoom in on the museum of interest. To find the museum, either search for it by name using the magnifying glass icon or, if you're already there, use the "My location" feature to orient yourself. With the "My location" feature enabled you can even get indoor walking directions.
Google says, some more museums are adding their floor plans to Google Maps for Android and will be available soon, including: SFMOMA, Phillips Collection, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
Google is also working along side on the Google Art Project, to bring virtual acces to the museums around the world.
Tap into the latest version of Google Maps for Android in Google Play, and enjoy exploring the art and science of the great indoors.
Those interested in getting their museum's floor plan included in Google Maps, can visit the Google Maps Floor Plans tool.
My location in the American Museum of Natural History, New York City:
Indoor walking directions in the National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.:
Also, Google Australia today launched "cycling directions on Google Maps" -- with that providing you a new way of getting around in Europe and Australian towns.
"Our routes were made possible in part thanks to the support of councils around the country who provided us with information on bicycle-friendly streets and areas. If you want to bike to work or your local shops, or simply want to spend more time outdoors, cycling directions will help you find the best way to get where you want to go," posted Nabil Naghdy, Product Manager, Google Australia.
For example, biking directions can now tell the most convenient and efficient route that makes use of dedicated bike lanes and avoids hills whenever practical. If you decide to stop off at your favorite shop, you can either add it as an extra destination in the menu on the right or simply drag the route. The directions will continue to take cycle lanes into consideration.
"We've added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly to the map through the updated biking directions legend in Europe and Australia. This can help you get a better sense of your route, or easily find trails nearby for a recreational ride. When you're zoomed into a city, use the widget at the top right of the map to turn on the "Bicycling” layer."
For those looking simply to browse the map, just click the 'bicycling' layer on the top right. You'll see three types of lines appear on the map:
- Dark green indicates a dedicated cycle path
- Light green indicates a dedicated cycle lane along a road
- Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for cycling, but without dedicated lanes
Please, note, Cycling directions is currently in beta in Australia, so, if you can send feedback and route information for inclusion by clicking on the report a problem link.
Watch this video to see how the cycling directions on Google Maps works:
Check out the brief tutorial and start adding those bike paths to your city or other places with which you're familiar!