GOOGLE Street View is giving digital explorers the chance to see inside one of The Tank Museum's exhibitions.

The Tank Story Exhibition has been captured in a series of 360-degree photographs, which have then been stitched together to enable virtual visitors to 'walk' around the tanks and other artefacts displayed.

Museum spokesman Nik Wyness said: "This is a great way to showcase the size and scale of the Tank Museum – whilst providing a tantalising glimpse of this compelling modern museum to those who have yet to visit and to those who may live too far away to visit.

"It is part of an increasing online presence we have built for the Tank Museum using free online tools, which is being enjoyed by audiences around the world."

Users on Google Maps and Google Earth can now zoom in and explore 26 key tanks from the last 100 years, from the first tank right up to the Challenger 2.

The Bovington museum's YouTube channel already enjoys almost 40 million views worldwide.

Nik explained how the project was made possible after Google Arts and Culture contacted the museum, last year, asking to "immortalise its flagship exhibition hall on the Street View application."

The museum's Street View entry features other world-renowned institutions like The British Museum, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

"It is hoped that the museum's other galleries including the popular World War One and World War Two exhibitions will be added in the future, to provide a full virtual tour of one of the world’s finest military museums," said Nik.