Explore Iconic Museums in Virtual Reality With Google's Arts and Culture App

New Tools Include Virtual Reality Tours and 'Art Recognizer'

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Google's Cultural Institute has released an update to its Arts and Culture app that brings artworks from over a thousand museums to your phone, some in virtual reality.

Perhaps most crucially, the app now caters to those who want to explore iconic museums and historic sites but can't get there in person -- it now includes 20 Google Cardboard tours including the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily and a street art walkabout in Rome.

For those actually in the museum already, there's also a new feature named Art Recognizer, available in beta in London's Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Via the app, users can point their phone's camera to a painting on display and find all the information they want to know about the artwork. Google plans to roll out this feature to museums around the world.

The updated app also lets you explore different themes -- for example, cats in art -- and scroll through an artist's work in a timeline.

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