Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.
With a team of dedicated Googlers, we are building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all.
Here you can find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.
Museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings are available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail. Use Google Street View to explore the interiors of landmarks such as the Palace of Versailles and The White House. Or, build and share your own virtual art gallery. Learn more.
World Wonders brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online using Street View, 3D modelling and other Google technologies. Explore historic sites including Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the Great Barrier Reef as if you were there. Learn about the history and background of each location with information provided through a partnership with UNESCO. Learn More.
Many cultural institutions have extensive archives of information, much of which cannot always be put on public display. Our partner museums and curators have created exhibitions to bring these archives to life and make them available online. Explore Historic Moments, Cultural Figures, Science & Technology, and other categories to browse through photos, videos, manuscripts and documents on a wide range of topics – from Nelson Mandela’s handwritten prison letters, to the ‘La Dolce Vita’ era in Italy.
The Google Cultural Institute puts the world’s cultural treasures at your fingertips.
Get started by selecting an exhibition or a project. Search for a keyword, or use the Explore menu to find more partners and categories. Or visit “User Galleries” to find collections created by other visitors. Once you’ve selected a gallery and chosen an image, zoom in to see incredible detail.
Wherever you see the yellow “pegman” icon on the site, simply click to take a virtual tour of a cultural location.
A selection of artworks is available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level.
Pick a topic, and build your own personal collection of art, landmarks, and historic events using materials from institutions all around the world.
Once you’ve discovered a special piece or collection, you can easily share your finds with friends across your social networks.
Check out these simple tools to learn about works featured on the Art Project. Dive into the “Look Like an Expert” section to test your visual acumen or get creative with a do-it-yourself project. Want to learn and create more? “What’s Next?” will point you to some of best art and art history tools on the web. You can also make your own quizzes, and share your User Galleries and creations with your social networks. See more.
Primary and secondary school history and geography teachers can find and download classroom material, such as lesson plans, student worksheets, and presentations. The content is designed to provide flexibility for teachers all over the world with various formats and curriculum levels. See more.
We are always adding more collections and exhibitions, and collaborating with additional partners. If you would like to learn more, please send us your information.
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The Cultural Institute is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations.
We believe that the Cultural Institute can be an especially useful way to engage students, scholars and teachers through innovative and interactive learning.
We are working with museums, archives, and cultural institutions from all around the world to bring their collections and artifacts online for the public to explore.
You can find paintings, drawings, sculptures, religious artifacts, landmarks, historic photographs and important manuscripts from collections around the world. Expertly narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, maps and more provide a range of content for visitors to enjoy.
The contributions and curation have all come from our partners and collaborators. Google provides the technology platform that allows the material to be uploaded, managed, and exhibited online.
We continue to work with partners from all over the world to add more content. Please contact us if you’re interested in contributing.
Many cultural organisations have archives containing historical artifacts that rarely see the light of day due to exhibit space limitations or the fragility of items. We have created a platform that makes these documents, manuscripts, photos and videos accessible to everyone. The material is presented in an online exhibition format that makes it easy to explore a collection’s history, context, and meaning. Our partners and curators have decided what stories to tell using the technology and tools Google has provided.
The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and hundreds of acclaimed art partners from across the globe. We have created this online art experience using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners.
The Art Project showcases incredible artwork from collections around the world, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artifacts, photographs and important manuscripts. Expertly-narrated videos, audio guides, viewing notes, detailed information, maps and more tell the stories surrounding works included in the Project.
The high-resolution imagery of artworks featured on the site are owned by their respective museums or collections, and these images may be subject to various copyright laws around the world. The Street View imagery is owned by Google. All 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.
Google approached the museum partners without any curatorial direction, and each museum chose the number of galleries, artwork and information it wanted to include. All content and details accompanying individual artworks and artifacts is also provided by the museums.
Some of the paintings and features captured with Street View were required to be blurred by the museums for copyright reasons.
There are many factors that go into deciding which technologies could be used for particular artwork and partners. We would like to present as much artwork as possible with all our available technologies. We will explore expanding the use of all our technologies to include more artwork and partners in the future as the Art Project continues to grow.
The Google World Wonders Project is a platform that brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, we have made these sites accessible to everyone. With videos, photos and in-depth information, you can explore these world wonders from your armchair just as if you were there.
We are always looking to collaborate with new partners. If you would like to learn more about how to work with us, please send us your information.
Discover some of our past projects created in collaboration with our partners:
Yad Vashem – Remembering the Holocaust
Dead Sea Scrolls – Digitizing the biblical manuscripts
Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – Presenting Nelson Mandela’s legacy online
Versailles 3D – Discover the Palace of Versailles in 3D throughout the ages
Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal – A Liquid Galaxy digital display of Paris in 2020
La France en relief – 17th century France in Google Earth