Google Arts & Culture: Tour Top Museums Up Close

Whether you’re a seasoned museum hopper or newcomer to the art world, Google’s Arts & Culture website offers a customized, up-close virtual museum experience like no other. If you own a smart device (Android, iPhone, or iPad), download the companion app through Apple iTunes or Google Play to visit over 1,200 museums around the globe from the convenience of your living room.

Immerse yourself in the world of Raphael, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and other celebrated artists. With thousands of articles, photos, videos, and manuscripts, there is an array of educational materials for every stage of learning.

Create a Virtual Reality (VR) Experience

With a Google Cardboard (VR viewer) and smartphone, take a 360-degree guided tour of beautiful art exhibits and collections, and explore museums and galleries at your own pace. Google Cardboard is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $15. With Google Cardboard, you can zoom in on specific artworks to see microscopic details as if you were there in person—minus the crowds.

Explore Top ‘Arts & Culture’ Features:

  • Find Your art twin. Take a ‘selfie’ or photo of yourself, upload it from your smart device, and you’ll discover a work of art from a collection of more than 70,000 paintings that most resembles you.  
  • Have a favorite color or period? Search for artworks based on your preferences.
  • Save and share favorite artworks or collections with friends and family.
  • Discover museums and events in and around Knoxville with the ‘Nearby’ feature.
  • When you visit a museum in-person, point your device’s camera at artworks to learn more, where permissible.

While Prime West Knoxville plans great trips and outings for our independent living residents, virtual reality is a great way for older adults to explore new sights. With the many exhibits and artworks on Google Arts & Culture, you’ll be a culture expert in no time. Ready to get started? Explore these nine popular virtual reality tours.

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