Google Art Project Bursting at the Seams with 100+ New Museums


A view inside the Art Institute of Chicago (via

Google Art Project launched last year with 17 institutions but today the number has ballooned to 100+.

According to the LA Times, Google added 134 new institutions to the digital archive, while the Guardian says 151 and the Canadian broadcaster CBC indicated only 100 have been added. The Google Art Project has not yet returned our request for comment and clarification on the exact number. Currently, there are only 51 listed on the websites Museum view Collections page, which allows for 3D tours of the participating museums.

Some notable additions to this round of Google Art Project expansion:

  • ten UK museums, including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, theV&A, the Serpentine Gallery, the Royal Collection, the Imperial War Museum, the Jewish Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool [Guardian]
  • numerous US museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the White House’s collection
  • four Californian museums, Getty Museum, the LA County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the De Young Museum in San Francisco [LA Times]
  • two South African art destinations have been added, the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town and Wits University’s Rock Art Research Institute [Mail & Guardian]
  • the first Canadian museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto [CBC]
  • the first Swiss museum, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne [GenevaLunch]
  • the first Israeli museum, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem [CBS]

From the LA Times:

According to Diana Skaar, head of partnerships for the project … Skaar said the site, which started with about 1,000 objects, now has 30,000 artworks, including additional works from some of the original partners.

Skaar declined to say which galleries and artworks receive the most visitors or provide any other metrics about popularity. Numbers she would provide: 20 million visitors have found the site so far, and 200,000 user “collections” — by which the visitor saves favorite images for future viewing or sharing — have been created.

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