Mazda Motor Corporation recently introduced a new service to its Mazda Museum in Hiroshima, Japan and is now offering a virtual tour of the main exhibition areas via Google Maps Street View*. This is a new and unconventional way for visitors to experience the Mazda spirit as well as its technological breakthroughs and heritage.
The easiest way to access the virtual Mazda Museum is by going to Mazda’s global website at www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/museum/. At the Museum Guide, visitors can tour five areas of the museum – the Entrance Hall, the History and Future areas as well as the Technology and Rotary Engine exhibits – by clicking on the appropriate Google Street View link. They are taken into the museum itself for a near-reality experience with the possibility to turn in any direction and even come close enough to a few of the text-displays to read them.
The History exhibit lets visitors explore some of Mazda’s most legendary cars like the amazing Mazda Cosmo Sport (110S) from the 1960s, RX-7s from the 1970s and 80s, and the original MX-5 roadster that went on to become one of the most popular two-seat sports car in history. (Direct Link: http://goo.gl/maps/JtEC3) At the Technology exhibit, Mazda displays its new technological approach “SKYACTIV” which is currently under the hood of Mazda’s new generation of award -winning SKYACTIV Technology vehicles, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5. (Direct Link: http://goo.gl/maps/oYrbd) “A visit to the Mazda Museum is a must for anyone who loves cars,” said Wojciech Halarewicz, Vice President Communications, Mazda Motor Europe. “For people interested in Mazda, our new Street View experience makes a visit possible without travelling to our headquarters in Japan. And once inside, they will get to know the Mazda spirit in a very intimate and real way.” The Mazda Museum is located near company global headquarters in Hiroshima and first opened in May 1994. After a renovation project in 2005 which improved museum space, the museum has offered six different exhibition areas and a gift shop with Mazda memorabilia.
The Mazda Museum is open only on week days, and offers guided group tours in Japanese and individual guided tours in Japanese and English. Reservations are required and can be made up to one year in advance via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at +81 (0) 82-252-5050. Admission is free.
*Google Maps with Street View enables the exploration of places around the world through 360-degree street- level imagery