Go Virtual Museum Hopping With The Google Art Project & YouTube

By Megan O'Neill Comment

Have you noticed the link to the Google Art Project on Google’s homepage this week? Google has launched a cool new site that lets you explore museums from all over the globe, from the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC to MoMA in NYC, Museum Kampa in Prague, the Palace of Versailles and more. As a part of the project, many of the museums that are taking part have also launched their very own YouTube channels as well. Through the Google Art Project and YouTube it has become possible to go museum hopping all over the world without stepping foot outside your bedroom.

If you haven’t seen the Google Art Project yet you must, must, must check it out at GoogleArtProject.com. Choose a museum from the list and you can view artwork up close or explore the museum through a virtual 3D tour. If you see a piece of artwork that you like you can create your own artwork collection, complete with all of your favorite pieces from museums around the globe and share your collection on your favorite social sites. Check out the video below to see how the Art Project works, and how awesome it looks!

And according to the YouTube blog, “More than 170 works of art in the project have accompanying videos.” While you zoom into a work of art in the Google Art Project museum tours, you can watch YouTube videos about them, and read more about the artist or particular artwork. Check out videos of different people reacting to artwork, videos about the preservation of your favorite paintings, and other video footage related to the artwork on display in museums around the globe.

Check out the YouTube pages for the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Tate, MoMA, the Freer Gallery Archives, Museum Kampa, and more. Also, discover more on the Google Art Project YouTube page, where you can browse and watch videos about the different museums and artworks showcased.

I’ll leave you with this interesting video documentary about the discoloration and preservation of Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’, which just so happens to be my favorite painting. What do you think about the Google Art Project? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.