Visit your favourite museums in Street View and read more about the artworks around you via the latest Google Arts & Culture annotations in Google Maps.

Google has built tools to explore art since 2011, when it began uploading gigapixel images of classic pieces. The tech titan introduced museum floor plans and walking tour info to Google Maps as well as its Art and Culture app, released last July, to dive deep into collections. Now the search giant is combining all those efforts, adding annotations to famous works seen in Street View to give users on digital tours of museums all the artistic context shown to folks walking around the actual institution.

Google's virtual museum tours tell you more about the art with Street View's walkthroughs and annotations to famous artistic works.


As the video demonstrates, just pop open Google Maps and navigate to an institution with walking tours to find clearly-marked pieces with uploaded context, along with hyperlinks out for further information. Google used its machine learning systems to visually recognise annotations, but only pieces from participating museums are included, amounting to 15,000 works worldwide. Still, it's bringing remote users that much closer to art they might never witness with their own eyes.

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