Google Art Project
Take A Virtual Museum Tour with Google
The Google Art Project is an amazing way to tour many of the finest museums of the world from the comfort of your own home. The online Google Art Gallery is a quick and inexpensive way to take a virtual museum tour vacation.
The Project, launched in February 2011, makes is easy and very economical for parents and teachers to take their kids on virtual tours. With the Google Art Project you can visit 150 top art museums in Germany, the United States, Spain, the Czech Republic, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Russia and Italy all for the price of an Internet connection.
I think that is pretty amazing.
The Google technicians combined the technology of street views from Google Earth and took these inside of the museum, so viewers get a feel of moving inside the actual museum to virtually walk around and discover where the art works are located within each of the museums. You can watch the Behind the Scenes video clip to get a sense of the work that went into making this incredible online resource possible.
The galleries and artwork displayed in the project were chosen by curators at the partner museums. Google technicians photographed the artwork, so online viewers can zoom in and see details of brush strokes from some of the great masterpieces. Included in the GoogleArtProject on YouTube are video clips with street views of the 17 different museum.
The Google Art Project includes following museums the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin - Germany; the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian in Washington DC - USA; The Frick Collection in NYC - USA; Gemaldegalerie in Berlin - Germany; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC - USA; MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC - USA; the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid - Spain; the Museo Thyssen in Bornemisza, Madrid - Spain, the Museum Kampa in Prague - Czech Republic; the National Gallery in London - UK; Palace of Versailles in France; the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands; The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg - Russia; State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow - Russia; the Tate Britain in London - UK; Uffizi Gallery in Florence - Italy and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Take a Virtual Museum Tour Vacation with the Google Art Project. The cost is Priceless.
Image by Ambrozjo with screen shot on Starry Nights from MoMa, New York.
Google Art Project Teaser Video
See some of the fascinating art you can view now online from the GoogleArtProject.
Google Adds More Museums
On April 3, 2012 Google expanded it's online art project by adding another 134 museums. All total, the Google Art Project has 151 museums representing 40 different countries online.
- Official Google Blog: Going global in search of great art
South African rock designs. Brazilian street graffiti. Australian aboriginal art. Today we’re announcing a major expansion of the Google Art Project. From now on, with a few simple clicks of a finger, art lovers around the world will be able to disco
- LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google's art site - latimes.com
Google knows something about the power in numbers, even in an art website.Google Art Project (www.googleartproject.com), which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site, includ
- Google art project expands - Video on msnbc.com
Video on msnbc.com: Google has been mapping the world’s museums, posting 150 collections online.
Sharing a Visit to Virtual Museum with My Kids
I have been able to visit several of the museums featured on Google Art Project when I was in my 20's on a trip to Europe. On that trip I remember marveling looking at Rembrant's Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and being in awe of the Palace of Versailles.
On a later trip my husband and I visited the Tate Britain where I became mesmerized by Sir John Everett Millais' Ophelia and other Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
We haven't traveled as much since having the kids, but with the Google Art Project, it is now possible to share a trip to the museum with your children online. I think that is pretty amazing.
I've never had a chance to see Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night in person, but thanks to the Google Art Project, I can "see it" at the MoMA in New York and share the experience with my daughters.
Image of Van Goh's Starry Night at the MOMA by Josh Staiger.
My Google Art Project Collection
Google Art Project allows you to create your own Collection of art.
This is the start of my Google Art collection. I was able to visit and include Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night from the MOMA along with several other saved artworks from different museums that I have visited in person and now online.
Google Art Project Visitor Guide - Video
Take a tour around the Art Project, powered by Google.
Links for the Google Art Project
The Google Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world's most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.
- Art Project, powered by Google
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
- GoogleArtProject's Channel on YouTube
The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world's most acclaimed art museums. Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies, the world's great works of art and museums are now within reach to an unprecedented glob
The Initial 17 Museums in the Project
The museum partners chose the galleries and artwork they wanted to include and Google technicians photographed the artwork. With all of the images online viewers have be ability to zoom in and see details from some of the great masterpieces.
The following museums are the first 17 museums included in the project, listed in alphabetical order.
- Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin - Germany
- Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC - USA
- The Frick Collection, NYC - USA
- GemÃ¤ldegalerie, Berlin - Germany
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC - USA
- MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC - USA
- Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid - Spain
- Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza, Madrid - Spain
- Museum Kampa, Prague - Czech Republic
- National Gallery, London - UK
- Palace of Versailles - France
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
- The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - Russia
- State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow - Russia
- Tate Britain, London - UK
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Italy
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
See Details of the Birth of Venus Online
Screen Shot of Uffizi Gallery on Google Art Project on Computer Monitor.
Monitor by leocub.
How to Take a Virtual Museum Tour Vacation
If you are going to take children on a virtual museum tour vacation there are several items to bring to make the online experience more memorable:
- Computer or laptop for visiting the online museum.
- Flip Video Camera to record 'walking' through the museum.
- Camera for taking online photographs.
- Art Pencils for drawing artwork.
- Art Paper for drawing one's own masterpieces.
- Art Book on the Museum.
- Healthy Snacks.
Pencils and Paper for Drawing
Children's Books on Art History
Navigating the Google Art Project Artwork
Image of Screen Shot Google Art Project The Cathedral by František Kupka at Museum Kampa with navigation instructions added.
See where the areas are to find a Museum, locate artwork, discover more about the particular art piece, the museum or the artist, how to resize the image, sign into your Google account and create your own collection of artwork.
Create a Art Collection on Google Art Project
As part of your visit to the virtual museums in the Google Art Project you can put together a unique collection with the 'Create an Artwork Collection' feature. The link is found in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
You start by signing into a Google Account.
With the 'Create and Artwork Collection' feature you can build your own collection by saving custom views (zoomed or expanded) of any of the artworks in the project. You can add your own comment to paintings. Finally you can share the collection by with friends, family and even teachers by emailing a link to your Google Art Collection.
It will be very interesting to follow how the Google Art Collection is used by teachers.
Make Your Own Google Art Collection
The ability to make your own Google Art Collection (after logging into Google) is a great way to get children interested and involved in Art.
Parents and children can visit the online museum and create their own art collection. Children can visit online art museums as part of a class assignment and create their own art collection to share with their teachers.
Children Drawing at the CoBrA
Image of Children Drawing at the CoBrA museum in Amstelveen by Alix Guillard
Encouraging Children to Explore Art
As part of a virtual museum vacation (or a virtual classroom visit) children can be encourage to create their own artwork.
There are many ways to encourage children to love art. Have pencils, paint and paper available for the children as you are visiting the online museums, so if they are inspired to sketch, to draw or to paint what they are seeing on the tour.
Let them create, draw and color their own masterpieces.
Be sure that they sign their masterpiece then hang some of them up on the walls.
Image of Children's Museum of the Arts by Eden Pictures.
Masterpiece Coloring Books to Color
Several of the many different coloring books on various Art Masterpieces for children (and adults) to color. You might even feel like an artist coloring these pages.
Visit Museums of the World via YouTube
Street view visits to the member museums of the Google Art Project.
These video clips feature the street views of the following museums: the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin - Germany; the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian in Washington DC - USA; The Frick Collection in NYC - USA; Gemaldegalerie in Berlin - Germany; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC - USA; MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC - USA; the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid - Spain; the Museo Thyssen in Bornemisza, Madrid - Spain and the Museum Kampa in Prague - Czech Republic.
More of the Museums of the World on YouTube
More street view visits to the member museums of the Google Art Project.
These video clips feature the street views of the following museums: the National Gallery in London - UK; Palace of Versailles in France; the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands; The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg - Russia; State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow - Russia; the Tate Britain in London - UK; Uffizi Gallery in Florence - Italy and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands.
Books on Art History
In case you want to learn even more about Art, a collection of books on Art History.
Taking a Virtual Class Trip to the Art Museum
Benefits of Online Museums for Teachers
The Google Art Project is being hailed as an outstanding educational resource for teachers at all levels.
With the availability of 17 online museum, teachers now have an easy and very inexpensive way to share some of the great masterpieces from museums in the classroom with children (and even college students). Children can visit online art museums as part of a class assignment.
Google Art Collections allows students to create their own custom collection of art work complete with comments. For art teachers there is even a greater benefit. Thanks to the technology from Google Earth, viewers can zoom in on the museum masterpieces close enough to see brush strokes, as in the first image showing art strokes from Starry Nights.
It will be interesting to follow the development of lesson plans as teachers explore how to utilize this new online resource to teach children and older students about art.
Image of Child drawing at MOMA by Randy OHC.
More Resources for Teachers on Virtual Museum Tours
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- Web Sitings: Virtual Art, Real Learning | Scholastic.com
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Behind the Scenes of the Art Project - Video
Watch behind the scenes footage of the Street View and high resolution captures from the Art Project.
While watching the video clip, you can really get a sense of the hours and the time that was put in behind the scenes photographing all of the artwork in great detail and also capturing the insides of the museums so viewers get a sense of actually being inside and walking around the project museums.
Reviews of the Google Art Project
- The Work of Art in the Age of Google
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- Google Art Project: Virtual Art Museums
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- Google Art Project vs. visiting actual museums - The Week
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- Teachers Tips and Resources: Art teachers: Google creates virtual art museums
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- TeachKidsArt: The New "Google Art Project"
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- Brand New Google Art Project | Edutopia Group Discussions by and for Educators
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- The Google Art Project Is Amazing!
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- The problem with Google's Art Project - Telegraph
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Google Art Project Copyrights
With over 1,000 artworks featured on the Google Art Project one has to wonder what are the copyrights involved in using and viewing of these masterpieces.
According to their FAQ page:
- The high resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned by the museums, and these images may be subject to copyright laws around the world.
- The Street View imagery is owned by Google.
- All of the imagery on this site is provided for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the art project site, in the manner permitted by Google's Terms of Service. The normal
- Google Terms of Service
- apply to your use of the entire site.
Image Copyright by Kirsti A. Dyer
Cost of Taking a Virtual Museum Vacation...
Image of Gilt Frame by theswedish with van Gogh's Starry Night done impressionist style.
Do you think you might take a virtual museum tour through the Google Art Gallery?