Google has launched Art Project, an online walk through the world's greatest museums, using the technology they employ for "Street View", the company announced today.
If you look below the search box today you should find a strip of pictures that link to the website they have set up to give people access to some of the world's greatest art. As ZDnet notes, "Google Art Project actually takes you to the floor of a museum, offering high-resolution close-ups of approximately 1,000 works of art and tours of at least 17 museums. Right now that includes landmarks such as the Tate Modern in London, the MoMA in New York City and the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris."
The experience should prove popular with schools and people who may never be able to travel to the museums themselves. The tours include information from the museums themselves and is like being walked through the museum by knowledgeable art critics.