AWESOME: Google Street View Lets You Visit Inside Museums

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We can’t think of a bad thing to say about this. Google went into partnership with a bunch of museums around the world so that you can visit them. There are 17 museums, most of them widely acclaimed like the Met and MoMA in New York, the Uffizi in Florence, the Tate Modern in London…

You can either visit them directly through street view, or through the Art Project site Google created specially for it.

This is a great idea. Hopefully it’ll expose more people to art or help more people who are already into it to see more of it.

This is also smart on the part of the museums. We’re sure many of them must see the idea as competition, since people can view artwork for free. But of course seeing it in a browser is not at all the same thing as seeing it in real life, so this is just great advertising for them.

There are still a few bugs and user experience quirks, but overall it’s still a great experience. Join us as we tour the Google Art Project and some of the world’s great museums.

This is the homepage of the Art Project. You can pick any museum to visit.

BOOM! Inside the Met!

You can click on most artworks (or select them from a drop down menu) to see them up close

This is the next room in the Met

There's also a handy floor plan you can click through

Here we are in the Met's hall

Let's go down this corridor

Hmm, seems to be a dead end. Let's look up a specific work of art. We love David.

Beautiful! Let's get out of the US of A. Next stop Versailles!

Boom! Here we are. This is the Hercules Salon.

This is the Hall of Mirrors. Gorgeous.

Another view of the Hall of Mirrors. Let's go through the whole length.

At this point there was a bug. We clicked on an arrow to move forward once and then couldn't stop...

...until we reached the end of the Hall of Mirrors.

You can also create an artwork collection. There are also bugs there as we'll see.

Of course, you have to sign in with your Google Account.


Let's add this portrait of the Sun King to our first collection.

This confused us. Apparently the painting was saved, but it doesn't show up. But it seems to be saved.

We tried to save another artwork to our collection and it seemed to be gone. And then we found it again. Annoying!

Of course, you can share your artwork!


Ok, now we're at MoMA. We could do this all day!

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