Google puts virtual galleries back on the map

February 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Virtual galleries went in and out of fashion. Now Google is reviving them by bringing the street map view inside some of the world’s best museums, with Art Project.

Google's Art Project

Using the street map view navigation functionality, this time inside rather than outside, you can virtually walk around the various rooms and stand as close to the works of art as you want. You can even touch them – that is, if you don’t mind fingerprints on your monitor. Complete with extreme close-ups, video guides, and personalized collections, Google’s Art Project ticks the box on every standard virtual gallery functionality.

Boticelli's Venus close-up

The list of museums is impressive, featuring among others, MoMA, Tate Britain, Reina Sofia, Uffizi, Hermitage and the Van Gogh Museum.

Be careful though not to be thrown out of the museum: there is a usability problem in the navigation that keeps taking you on the street map view, on the streets outside the museum.

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