Visiting your favourite museum might be a thing of the past during these unprecedented times, but some of the worlds most iconic museums have virtually opened their doors to eager visitors from around the globe to provide them with continuous cultural, historical and educational content. We scouted the globe (virtually) to come back with our top picks on which museum to visit without ever having to leave your living room.
The British Museum – London, United Kingdom
When one of the UK’s most iconic museums had to close its doors, it was only a matter of time before it welcomed its global audience virtually. The British Museum’s digital channels include being able to look at their collection online, which spans over four million object records, taking virtual gallery tours of two exhibits, those being Prints and Drawings and Oceania, and keeping up with the latest news on their blog. Providing any museum and history enthusiast with engaging and exciting content, there’s no reason you can’t replace your weekly museum visit with those provided online by The British Museum.
Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Perhaps one of the most well-known post-impressionist painters, the famous museum set in the heart of Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter may have shut their doors in the wake of the pandemic, but have brought the world’s largest collection of works by Van Gogh to everyone’s home. Offering school lessons, interactive stories about Vincent’s life and work, and access to his original letters, there’s undoubtedly enough content for one to be immersed in the iconic museum and all that it houses.
Guggenheim Museum – New York, USA
One of the, if not the most recognised art museum in the big apple, the Guggenheim Museum likewise decided to shut its doors in recent weeks following the surge of cases across the state and country. But, fear not, as Google’s Street View feature lets you virtually tour the museum to discover some of the most incredible works of art ranging from Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
Musee d’Orsay – Paris, France
Housing dozens of famous works from French artists between the late 19th century and early 20th century, Musee d’Orsay virtually opens its doors to eager visitors through a digital walk-through of the popular gallery. With works spanning Monet, Cezanne and Gauguin, there’s no reason to feel as though you’re missing out on your weekly cultural trip to the museum, now possible from wherever in the world you may be in quarantine.
The Louvre - Paris, France
One of the most recognised museums in the world, The Louvre has introduced online tours on their website since having to close down their premises. From seeing Egypt's antiques, remains of the Louvre's Moat, to experiencing the Mona Lisa beyond the glass, which brings the painting's story to life through a virtual reality experience, this virtual experience is not one to miss.
Muse i Vaticani - Vatican City
The collection of public art and sculpture museums in the Vatican City have moved online to allow audience members to take virtual tours of various spaces such as the Sistine Chapel, Chiaramonti Museum and Pio Clementine Museum. The impressive collection of art which has been amassed by the popes since the 17th century is definitely something to experience.