Penobscot Marine Museum has opened a "virtual museum" — an online, visual database to make its collections available to anyone anywhere. Access to the database is free and no registration is required.
The database was launched with 45,000 records, almost 29,000 of them with photographs dating from the 1880s to the 1950s.
"Our goal is to have all of the museum's collections online," said curator Ben Fuller. "We are almost ready to upload another 30,000 images, and the museum's artifact collection will follow as time and money permit."
Users can order prints of photographic images through the database and request licensing or permission for commercial uses.