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Travel the World with Google Arts and Culture

From strolling through Versailles to taking an Art Selfie, you’ll never run out of things to do with the Google Arts and Culture app.
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Let’s face it—these days, it isn’t that easy to satisfy your wanderlust, especially if you feel like going abroad. Right now, the easiest way to travel the world is virtually, and Google has an app for that. Google Arts and Culture lets you visit museums and tourist sites from the comfort of your own home. 

Miss wandering around New York’s Museum of Modern Art or wishing you’d had the chance to visit Paris’ Musée d'Orsay before the pandemic started? With the Arts and Culture app, you can view these museums’ most famous works of art in AR or explore them on Google Street View. The app even has Pocket Galleries—while in real life, you’d have to travel to Europe and the U.S. to see all of Vermeer’s paintings, you can now admire them in one AR gallery. 

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You can also visit iconic sites like the Taj Mahal or Versailles on Street View or learn all about the different cuisines of the world with exhibits like Eat Your Way Across Russia and Meshiagare! Flavors of Japan. If you have Google Cardboard or any other brand of VR goggles, you can do virtual reality tours like West Side Story—The Play and the City. You can enjoy a Carnegie Hall concert or explore the ancient ruins of Palmyra in 360 degrees, too. 

There are also games and experiments like Art Selfie—take a photo using the app, and it will find portraits that look like you. With Art Transfer, you can transform your photos into works of art by uploading photos and applying filters based on famous paintings. 

Even if you know absolutely nothing about music, you can make your own harmonies with the help of composers like Bach or create your own opera-inspired song with Blob Opera.

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You can “favorite” exhibits, works of art, and games if you want to come back to them later. The app will take note of your preferences and recommend paintings you might like. The Google Arts and Culture app is constantly adding new content, so you’ll never run out of museums and experiences to check out. While nothing beats real, physical travel, it’s comforting to know that in the meantime, we have the world at our fingertips. 

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