Google recently launched a new platform called Google Arts & Culture which hosts millions of artifacts and pieces of art, ranging from prehistory to the contemporary, shared by museums across the world.
With this app, Google matches your selfie with art from the collections of museums on Google Arts & Culture—and over the past few days, people have taken more than 30 million selfies.
Just in case you’re wondering, Google doesn’t use your selfie for anything else and only keeps it for the time it takes to search for matches.
The App’s Product Manager, in the above gif, showcases how you can use the app to incarnate yourself to the past. For this, Google partnered with more than 1500 museums from 70 counties to explore their artwork and learn about their stories.
There’s so much to see on Google Arts & Culture, from the annals of American Democracy and the rich history of Latino cultures in the U.S., to the wide world of Street Art and the intricacies of Japanese crafts and traditions. You can visit the rooftop of the Taj Mahal or the famous castles of France’s Loire Valley or even tour the United States’ National Parks, all from a mobile device. We also recommend checking out the stories behind what you wear—this collection lets you browse more than 30,000 pieces from 3,000 years fashion history: try searching for hats and sort them by color or sort shoes by time. So cool.
The feature is currently available only in the US but Google says that they’ll be expanding to more locations very soon.
In the meantime, you can download the Google Arts & Culture app for iOS or Android and get face to face (lol) with art!