Google had made shopping, sight-seeing and travel even easier, by making the indoor floor plans of malls, museums, libraries, transit stations and airports, worldwide, available through Google Maps. The feature, previously exclusively available through Google Maps for Android, is now available on your desktop so that it can be used by all.
Google Maps floor plans now enable users to access the floor plans of over 10,000 worldwide locations, making trip planning even easier. It is also a fantastic way for attractions, such as museums, to gain more visitors by inviting them to take a look at the floor plans ahead of time.
To virtually peruse the floor plans of your destination spot, first type the name of the business or organization into Google Maps (you can also see a full list of participating organizations here):
You will see the building comes up on Google Maps in a far view:
From there, you simply need to click “zoom” until the floor plans come into view:
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From there you will details of the floor plan, locations of important spots like bathrooms and drinking fountains, and where you can find food:
Some of the retail stores give an even more specific floor plan, such as Home Depot showing which departments such as plumbing, paint, and lighting are where in the store:
If you are an iPhone user, don’t despair! You can still use this service by going to maps.google.com in your Safari app. Also, if you are a venue who wants to get your location on the map, all you need to to do is go here, and follow the easy instructions. Happy shopping!
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