Google Arts & Culture

Yifei Wang (2023 Spring)


Google Arts & Culture was launched in 2011 as Google Art Project by Google Cultural Institute. It aims to make art and culture accessible to everyone through technology. It works with partner organizations to digitize artworks and cultural artifacts using high-resolution images and videos. Some of the collections and exhibits on Google Arts & Culture include NASA’s archive of stunning images, Korea’s Demilitarized Zone, and performing arts at the Paris Opera.

Google Arts & Culture can also be used for teaching or learning purposes. It offers educational resources such as lesson plans, quizzes, virtual tours, and experiments for students and teachers of different subjects and levels. It also allows users to create their own collections and share them with others.

Open Heritage

Google Arts & Culture’s Open Heritage section is a project that showcases the technology used for heritage preservation around the world. It features digital 3D models, virtual tours, and other data about historical sites that are at risk of damage or destruction. You can explore over 25 locations from 18 different countries, such as Bagan in Myanmar, Mesa Verde in the USA, and Chichen Itza in Mexico.

Open Heritage was launched in 2018 in partnership with CyArk, an organization that captures, archives, and shares the world’s cultural heritage. The data is open source and available for anyone to use for research, education, or conservation purposes.

Open Heritage is part of Google Arts & Culture’s mission to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere.

Get Access

Google Arts & Culture is available on both web and mobile devices. You can access it through the browser or download the app from Google Play or App Store