Google Art Project: Tour a Museum from Your Desktop

One new idea for every day in 2011. We're talking big, small, local, international, in action and on the drawing board. Here's today's -- what's yours?

Google recently launched its democratic Google Art Project, which allows users to virtually tour 17 prominent museums around the world (more museums will be added as the project continues).

The company uses its "street view" technology to tour London's National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, to name a few. Project participants can use directional buttons view gallery rooms, zoom in on paintings, and save images to personal "albums," which can be emailed and shared.

While Botticelli's Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence might be more impressive in person (especially after an Italian espresso), Google hopes that the new service will encourage more people to discover and access worldwide pieces art in one place.

The service is free and open to the public. For more information, check out the Google Art Project's official website.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Claire Lawton
Contact: Claire Lawton