If you've been online at all this weekend, you've probably seen posts from friends about museum doppelgängers. Thanks to Google's Arts & Culture app, anyone can upload a selfie and find out whether a museum somewhere contains a portrait of their long-lost twin. You upload a front-facing selfie and the app shows you art pieces that resemble you. Some people have gotten some frightening results, while others have been surprisingly accurate. You can only keep yourself entertained with the selfie feature for so long, though, and since you have to download the app to find your doppelgänger, you're probably wondering if it's worth keeping once you've screenshot your results. What else does the Google Arts & Culture app do? It was released in July 2016, and the museum lookalike feature is a new addition. The main purpose of the app is to help people learn more about artwork, and the other features are pretty interesting.
When Google released the app in 2016, the company said in a press release that it would help people learn more about art. "Our new tools will help you discover works and artifacts, allowing you to immerse yourself in cultural experiences across art, history and wonders of the world—from more than a thousand museums across 70 countries," the press release says. Finding your art doppelgänger is cool, but these are some of my favorite things you can do with the app aside from that feature.