Google Arts & Culture Partners with 1001 Inventions

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Explore humanity’s greatest inventions and discoveries in a new interactive online project:

London, 6 March 2019: Today, Google Arts & Culture launched Once Upon a Try - the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated. Collections, stories and knowledge from over 110 renowned institutions across 23 countries, including the 1001 Inventions organization, are brought together, highlighting millennia of major breakthroughs and the great minds behind them.

Science Museum London: Suhair Khan of Google UK highlighting the remarkable story of the 10th century astronomer Al-Sufi at the launch of the #onceuponatry initiative led by Google Arts & Culture that includes 1001 Inventions as one of its partners. (photo credit @drinkmatt)

Everybody can now explore more than 400 interactive exhibitions that pay tribute to humanity's greatest leaps in science and technology progress, and the visionaries that shaped our world, as well as tales of epic fails and happy accidents. Once Upon A Try also lets you dive into Street View to tour the sites of great discoveries, from deep underground inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to high in the sky onboard the International Space Station. Zoom into more than 200,000 artifacts in high definition, including the first recorded map of the Americas from 1508, and Albert Einstein’s letters, never before published online.

1001 Inventions at Google Arts & Culture (Source)

Once Upon a Try brings to life many interactive stories from 1001 Inventions that highlight the legacy of the golden age of science in Muslim civilisation that stretched from Spain to China. Through the Google Arts & Culture creative platform, online visitors can discover the secrets behind the masterpiece elephant clock by the ingenious engineer Al-Jazari and learn how its intricate parts reflected cultural and technological influences from across Muslim civilisation. Also to explore how pioneers of astronomy in Muslim civilisation built powerful observatories, and named galaxies, stars and features on the moon. 1001 Inventions features stories about physicians from a lost history, prominent master navigators and many other men and women who made significant breakthroughs that still influence our world today.

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group

We are delighted to partner with Google Arts & Culture to feature 1001 Inventions stories and exhibits as part of the newly launched Once Upon a Try platform. We share Google Arts & Culture vision of offering the public opportunities to explore the great minds behind many of humanity’s most significant inventions and discoveries. As a not-for-profit organisation, 1001 Inventions is committed to help uncover lesser-known stories about the cultural roots of science and technology. We aspire to preserve, share and promote such important heritage with the world. Our aim is to take online visitors of Once Upon a Try on a journey to the past to inspire a better future.” Ahmed Salim, 1001 Inventions Co-Founder and Managing Director

We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world. Once Upon a Try is all about that first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it’ll give people that extra boost to find their very own eureka moment,” Amit Sood, Director of Google Arts & Culture.

Explore Once Upon a Try on Google Arts & Culture ( or using our app on iOS or Android, and join the conversation with #onceuponatry.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 1,800 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. Our team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. We develop technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums. Read about our latest projects on the Google Keyword blog.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based science and cultural heritage organisation. It creates international educational initiatives that raise awareness of the cultural roots of science and technology. 1001 Inventions has engaged with over 400 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.