The interface allows users to navigate rooms in each museum using standard point-and-click actions and zoom tools, and uses a new tool called the “trolley” to allow you to move smoothly from one room to the next. Clicking on buttons next to most pieces will pull up a high-quality shot of the artwork, plus notes on the piece’s history and information about the artist.
How does Google Art Project compare as a substitute for seeing the real thing? It might not be for some, but it puts a whole world of art on view for millions of people who might never get a chance to visit these museums in real life. Of course, if you have been lucky to visit one or more in person, a few minutes of virtual wandering will either bring back fond memories or get you yearning to go back again.