Google opens online museum gallery

Web screenshot: Google's Cultural Institute (2013 Google)

Web screenshot: Google's Cultural Institute (2013 Google)


, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET

Headquartered in Paris but with the aim of opening the planet's combined cultural vaults to global online access, Google's Cultural Institute allows visitors to curate their own collections.

Thirty-four new partners were added to the pool as Google's offices in the French capital provided a real-world touching point for the online collection of over 57,000 artworks.

Ever the eager data collector, Google requires users to have an active account at the ready in order to access all the Cultural Institutes' features.

Museums and galleries include the Musée D'Orsay, Musée des Arts et Métiers, and Site du Pont du Gard in France, Canada's Royal BC Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Art Gallery of Australia, and The Football Museum in Brazil.

Web visitors can even find works from the US presidential palace, the White House, as well as the Adachi Museum of Art in Japan, the Benaki Museum's Greek and Islamic collections, and the Philippines' Ayala Museum.

South Africa presents material from the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Rock Art Research Institute, while China's offerings include selections from the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing and Hong Kong's Museum of Art and Heritage Museum.

Three project categories are provided -- Art Project, Historic Moments, and World Wonders -- to help visitors pick their favorites and ready their own bespoke galleries for sharing with friends and followers alike.