Google Cultural Institute

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 works of art, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.

Our projects

Art Project

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 Project

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.

Archive exhibitions

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.

Explore the site

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.

Take a virtual tour

Wherever you see the yellow “pegman” icon on the site, simply click to take a virtual tour of a cultural location.

See works in great detail

A selection of artworks is available in ‘gigapixel’ format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level.

Create your own gallery

Pick a topic and build your own personal collection of art, landmarks and historic events using materials from institutions all around the world.

Share with your friends

Once you've discovered a special piece or collection, you can easily share your finds with friends on your social networks.

For teachers

Art Project

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 towards some of the best art and art history tools on the web. You can also make your own quizzes and share your User Galleries and creations on your social networks. See more.

World Wonders Project

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.

Partner with us

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.

Frequently asked questions

Why has Google created the Cultural Institute?

Google’s mission is to organise 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.

Who is involved?

We are working with museums, archives and cultural institutions from all around the world to bring their collections and artefacts online for the public to explore.

What types of content does the Cultural Institute bring together?

You can find paintings, drawings, sculptures, religious artefacts, 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.

Does Google select the content that appears on the site?

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.

Will you be adding more partners and content?

We continue to work with partners from all over the world to add more content. Please contact us if you’re interested in contributing.

What are archive exhibitions?

Many cultural organisations have archives containing historical artefacts 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 that Google has provided.

What is the Art Project?

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.

What type of content does the Art Project bring together?

The Art Project showcases incredible art from collections around the world, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, historic and religious artefacts, 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.

Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected?

The high-resolution imagery of art featured on the site is 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.

Why is there a difference between the museums in terms of the number of galleries, works of art and related information?

Google approached the museum partners without any curatorial direction and each museum chose the number of galleries, art and information that it wanted to include. All content and details accompanying individual works of art and artefacts is also provided by the museums.

Why are some areas or specific paintings in the museum Street View imagery blurred?

The museums required some of the paintings and features captured with Street View to be blurred for copyright reasons.

Why do some partners have Street View and gigapixel images while others only have high-resolution images?

There are many factors that go into deciding which technologies could be used for particular works of art and partners. We would like to present as much art as possible with all of our available technologies. We will explore expanding the use of all of our technologies to include more art and partners in the future as the Art Project continues to grow.

What is the World Wonders Project?

The Google World Wonders Project is a platform that brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modelling 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 as if you were there yourself.

How can I get my museum/institution/private collection added to the project?

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.

Past projects

Discover some of our past projects created in collaboration with our partners:

Yad Vashem – Remembering the Holocaust

Dead Sea Scrolls – Digitising 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