Explore the World’s Greatest Art in Your Underwear

Yesterday, I challenged you to visit at least one museum this summer. Maybe a visit to an art museum isn’t a reality for you. What if I showed you how you can walk the halls of multiple art museums this summer in the comfort of your own home?

I’d like to introduce you to Google Cultural Institute.

Google Cultural Institute allows you to “explore art projects, historic moments, and world wonders to experience the art and ideas that shape our world right from your own home.” The website is the brainchild of Amit Sood. He pitched the idea to his boss who allowed him and a team of his coworkers to create the site. Sood states the purpose of the site is not to “replicate the experience of going to a museum, it’s to supplement the experience of going to a museum.”

Google Cultural Institute has many amazing features. Curate your very own online museum from thousands of high resolution images. Use Sood’s amazing “power of zoom” to see details you never knew existed. Interact with others by sending and commenting on favorite pieces. Take a look at the video below to learn more.


After watching the video and browsing the site, my mind was spinning with ideas of how I can integrate the use of Google Cultural Institute into my classroom. Can you image how much your students would like using the site? If you want to learn even more about Google Cultural Institute, be sure to check out the TED Ed talk by the founder, Amit Sood.

How could you use this amazing resource in your classroom?

What is your favorite feature?


Cassidy Reinken

This article was written by former AOE writer and life-long learner, Cassidy Reinken.


  • artprojectgirl

    I love getting right up close to the paintings so you can see the textures. lots of resources. I saw this and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me! It’s overwhelming with how many ideas are out there to use with our existing lessons, I sometimes forget some of the coolest ideas! I will have to use this next year at least once!

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