Met Museum puts on Google Goggles

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Have you ever seen a work of art—on a poster, in a book, on a billboard, or even in one of the Met’s galleries—and simply had to know more about it? Now you can. We’re pleased to announce a new collaboration with Google that lets you take a picture of a work of art with your mobile device and link straight to more information on This is yet another milestone in our effort to provide global access to the collections.

More than 76,000 two-dimensional works of art from the Met are currently recognizable through Google Goggles, including works from the American, Asian, photographs, drawings and prints, European paintings, and Islamic collections. So snap a picture . . . and explore the world of art on

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, said: “The Met’s collaboration with Google presents a unique opportunity to unite image-based searches of the Met’s collections with the scholarship and rich interpretive materials we make available online about our works of art. Anyone with a smartphone who is interested in learning more about a work of art from the Metropolitan Museum will be able to do so easily and directly. This represents a milestone in our efforts to provide greater access to the Museum’s holdings for a global audience.”

“Google Goggles represents a powerful new way for users to interact with visual information,” said Shailesh Nalawadi, Product Manager of Google Goggles. “We’re excited that Google has been able to work with the Met to improve online access to its renowned collections, and we hope people around the world will use it to gain a deeper appreciation of art.”

According to Erin Coburn, Chief Officer of Digital Media at the Metropolitan Museum: “This continuation of our broad efforts to enhance visitors’ experience through digital media builds upon the recent launch of the mobile-optimized version of the Met’s new website. Now, using Goggles, visitors can simply take a picture of a work of art with their mobile device and then link to the mobile version of to learn more about the work. It is a totally integrated experience.”

Goggles is currently available for Android devices running Android 2.1 and above, and for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices with the Google Search App.

Learn more:

Google Goggles at the Getty Museum

Explore the J. Paul Getty Museum’s painting collection using Google Goggles™ for Android™ and iPhone®.

Learn more about this project.