March 31, 2021

Wander through a Getty Gallery without Leaving Your House

Wander through a Getty Gallery without Leaving Your House

Open a Museum in Your Home with Google Arts & Culture’s Pocket Gallery

 Kitchen Still Life with a Maid and Young Boy, mid-17th century, Frans Snyders with figures attributed to Jan Boeckhorst.

Oil on canvas, 94 1/2 × 60 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 78.PA.207


LOS ANGELES - The quiet hush and cool air of the galleries. The flash of delight when an intriguing work catches your eye. The surprising details that come alive as you peer closely at a painting. There’s no experience quite like wandering through a museum, letting your own curiosity guide you through the exhibitions and discovering the drama of 18th-century decorative arts, or the mesmerizing brushstrokes of a Manet. 

While the pandemic limits in-person strolls around museums, the Google Arts & Culture app invites art lovers to explore a gallery of paintings from Getty’s collection, without leaving home.

The Getty Museum is partnering with Google Arts & Culture to launch a new exhibition in Pocket Gallery, an immersive exhibition feature within the Google Arts & Culture app that uses augmented reality to open up a life-sized virtual space that you can literally step inside using your smartphone.

In Pocket Gallery, you can select from a list of virtual exhibitions; then, when you look at the app, it will appear as though the exhibition you chose popped up around you. Wander through virtual rooms with paintings displayed on the walls by physically moving your phone, or by using your finger to navigate on your phone screen. Get up close or zoom in to see the paintings in greater detail and learn more about each work.

Getty’s exhibition is called Better Together: Join the Crowd in Celebrated European Paintings, inspired by the social gatherings so many of us are missing during the pandemic. 

Learn more and get detailed instructions on how to use Pocket Gallery, at the Getty Iris.

Julie Jaskol
Assistant Director, News and Media Relations
(310) 975-9493



Getty is a leading global arts organization committed to the exhibition, conservation, and understanding of the world’s artistic and cultural heritage.  Working collaboratively with partners around the globe, the Getty Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute are all dedicated to the greater understanding of the relationships between the world’s many cultures.  The Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs share art, knowledge, and resources online at and welcome the public for free at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.
The J. Paul Getty Museum collects Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts to 1900, as well as photographs from around the world to the present day. The Museum’s mission is to display and interpret its collections, and present important loan exhibitions and publications for the enjoyment and education of visitors locally and internationally. This is supported by an active program of research, conservation, and public programs that seek to deepen our knowledge of and connection to works of art.

Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2.000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. If Google’s mission is to make the world’s information more accessible, then Arts & Culture’s mission is to make the world’s culture accessible to anyone, anywhere. It’s your doorway to explore art, history, and wonders of the world. Discover stories about cultural heritage ranging from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintingsPuerto Rico’s heritageSports in Australia or the women’s right movement to ancient Maya templesJapanese Food and Indian Railways



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