Parents' Guide to

Google Arts & Culture

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fun selfie feature and treasure trove of information.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Educational and then not at all

Didn’t like that what I thought was educational has video games. If you’re looking for purely educational, look elsewhere.
age 12+

Google Arts & Culture App

Google Arts & Culture is a mobile app with augmented reality technology created for both entertainment and educational purposes. Through the Google Arts & Culture app, one can explore the works of artists, the different types of artistic mediums, and the various art movements throughout history. One of the many engaging components of Google Arts & Culture app is the AR feature that allows users with newer smartphones to view real-size artwork in their own environments. By clicking the AR icon, users can see the actual size and scale of a work of art. Unless you visit the Louvre Museum, art lovers may not know how dainty da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (30 inches by 21 inches) actually measures, until one sees it in a life-size form. Another whimsical feature of the Google Arts & Culture app is Art Selfie. After loading the free Google Arts & Culture app to your smartphone, the Art Selfie pop-up appears with the instruction, “Take a selfie and search thousands of artworks to see if any look like you.” Users of the app can assess whether or not the technology got it right. If users disagree with the results, they can retake the photo and launch the matching tool again. The Google Arts & Culture app combines AR, VR, and other technologies to create an immersive experience for appreciators of art of all ages.

Is It Any Good?

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Though it may have gone viral thanks to the addition of its art-selfie feature, it's so much more than that. After spending a few minutes laughing at the results of your selfie experiments, you can explore the rest of Google Arts & Culture. If you do, you'll find it's truly awesome. There's so much here: museum information, theater, music, travel, and profiles of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and it's presented in a way that takes full advantage of current technology.

In addition to being able to search artists by timeline and color palette, you can view famous artworks in zoomable high-definition. Visit world heritage sites through 360-degree video recordings, or use your favorite VR device to spend the afternoon in a museum halfway around the world. Google has even partnered with cultural organizations in countries like India, France, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom to tap into their unique cultural offerings. These tech platforms bring all this information to colorful, vibrant life in a way that makes it exciting for kids and parents alike.

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