Google and museums around the world unveil Art Project

For centuries, the world of art was only open to the very wealthy, elite classes of society. However, slowly but surely through museums and public artworks, we saw a transformation and democratization in access to art. However, to enjoy iconic works like van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ or Botticelli’s ‘The birth of Venus,” you still had to travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City or the Uffizi in Rome.

Today, Google is unveiling The Art Project (, a partnership with 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums that brings these paintings and 1000+ artworks online, letting everyone see and explore these celebrated collections. Galleries and images can also be explored directly in Street View in Google Maps. And thanks to super high-resolution, ‘gigapixel’ photo technology, you can even zoom in close enough to see the brushstrokes of Rembrandt himself!

The Art Project lets you:
  • Take 360-degree tours of each museum -- explore the Tate Britain or roam the halls of the Palace of Versailles
  • Learn about particular pieces and the artists behind them -- read about the story behind each piece and watch related YouTube videos
  • Curate your own online collections -- build a personalized collection, provide your own commentary, and share your collection with friends and family.
Google and partners are incredibly excited about this project, and whether you’re a student, an aspiring artist, or a casual museum-goer, we hope The Art Project makes it easier for everyone to interact with art in new ways, inspiring them to visit the real thing. Check out details.