Virtual Museum Tours
Wander the Art-Covered Halls!
Bored with the 24 hour news feeds and Netflix? Bring a little culture into your quarantine by exploring the world’s most famous museums, right from the comfort of your own sofa.
Here are several museums that offer virtual tours, some with the help of Google Arts & Culture.
Louvre, Paris: Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre…enjoy the view from your very own home!
British Museum: Located in the heart of London, this museum tour allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
Le Gallerie Uffizi: The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. Located in Florence, Italy. (Google)
Solomon R. Guggeheim: Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and known for it’s famous spiral staircase. Wander the halls from your own home! (Google)
Musee d’Orsay: In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first “work of art” in the Musee d’Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914. (Google)
Dalí Theatre-Museum: The Dalí Thetare-Museum is dedicated to the artist Salvador Dalí in his home town of Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world, including over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. (Google)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Malibu features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, showcased against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The virtual exhibitions include Heaven, Hell and Dying Well and Eat, Drink and Be Merry – sounds about right! (Google)
MASP, São Paulo: The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a private, nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil’s first modern museum. MASP offers several tours including: Art in Fashion: MASP’s Rhodia Collection, Art from Italy: from Rafael to Titian, Art from Brazil until 1900 and much more. (Google)
Pergamon Museum, Berlin: Tour ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Pergamon Altar. Pergamon, Pergamos or Pergamum, was a rich and powerful ancient Greek city in Aeolis. (Google)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: The National Gallery of Art – the nation’s museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. The virtual exhibits include Fashioning A Nation and Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. (Google)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Explore masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. This virtual tour is a street view tour. (Google)
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul: Since opening its door in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art. The online tour includes Garden – which is conceived and presented to celebrate the fact that MMCA Seoul has accomplished one of its missions to become a utopian garden for the general public on the first anniversary of its birth. (Google)
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: The National Museum of Anthropology is devoted to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilisations. It was inaugurated in 1964 and designed by Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez.
The Smithsonian, Museum of Natural History: The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
Photos: Google, Louvre, Getty, National Gallery, Guggenheim, Uffizi, Van Gogh Museum, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, Dalí Theatre-Museum, The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History.