Google Art Project – Street View for the World’s Greatest Art Museums

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Collaboration with 17 museums allows users to take virtual tour of galleries and view paintings online in high resolution. The Google Art Project, at, makes it possible to view 1,000 works online. The Google Art Project brings together some of the company’s unique technology, such as Street View that will allow visitors not only to look at various works of arts, but explore the rooms and places they are kept in. The galleries involved in the project include The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.


The picture detail is terrific. It’s almost like being there, without having to find a place to park. Click on a museum or an artist to browse. We started with “The Ambassadors,” by Hans Holbein. Zoom in on any part of a painting to closely examine details.

If you wish, you can save your favorites and return to them at another time; click the “Create an art collection” link in the lower right. Your collections can be shared across social networks like Facebook or by email. You can save close-ups and notes on each painting

There are a lot of invisible menu choices that only appear when you click the “I” for information button on the upper right. Use the search function to find a particular painting, artist or museum. Click to view YouTube videos produced by the museum, listen to audio tours or use Google Street view to roam around the gallery. If it gets confusing, the site has video tutorials.

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