Are you stuck at home? Your local museum is still closed and there’s no chance of you taking a city break to enjoy the museums of other countries? Some famous art galleries and museums have opened their virtual doors, so everyone, no matter where they are, can enjoy their favourite artwork from the comfort of their own home.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON

For the first time ever, visitors of The British Museum can take a virtual trip around the world-famous museum. Opening in 1759, The British Museum was the first of its kind that would open to the public, dedicated to human history, art and culture. 

The entrance hall to the british museum

Entering the virtual museum, the intergalactic graphics, which mimics a guitar fretboard are really impressive. You are guided through the collection chronologically and geographically. Click on a floating dot and read about a piece from the collection. 

The British Museum describes the virtual project as “an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.” 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NEW YORK

Being the first of the museums to open under the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, prior to lockdown, the New York gallery welcomed thousands of visitors daily. Since lockdown, the Guggenheim decided to go down the virtual tour route and joined forces with Google Arts & Culture so their visitors can enjoy the collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art on the museum’s website. 

Ramp gallery in the guggenheim museum in New York

Users are placed inside the museum where they have a full 360º view of four different spaces as well as views of the ramp gallery, which spirals along the edges of the building. Online visitors can enjoy five online exhibitions.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF MASP, SÃO PAULO

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is famed for its unique way of displaying their collection. Artwork hangs in crystal easels, creating the illusion that they are floating mid-air. This is a feature that you can also enjoy on the virtual tour of the museum.

Like The Guggenheim, MASP’s virtual museum is presented on the Google Arts and Culture platform. The museum has a number of exhibitions available on the website including ‘Art from Brazil until 1900’, where visitors can enjoy and learn about the country’s own artwork. Other exhibitions with virtual access feature artwork from Italy and France, art in fashion and one exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Juquery.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the museum’s collection of the Dutch Golden Age. The virtual tour includes artwork from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Google offers a 360º street view tour of the Netherland’s national museum of art and history. 

In other news from the Rijksmuseum, the museum is preparing for an exhibition dedicated to slavery. The show will focus on black figures that have been overlooked in Dutch art during the 17th century. 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM

Home to the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings, the museum offers virtual access to some of the artist’s most famous work. The museum’s permanent collection holds over 200 paintings by Van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters.

As well as the virtual gallery, users can watch an official video tour of the collection on the museum’s youtube channel. The ‘Van Gogh Museum Tour in 4K’ is made up of 7 parts where viewers have a chance to “step into Vincent’s world.”

VIRTUAL TOUR OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, MEXICO CITY

Dedicated to the archaeology and history of pre-Hispanic heritage in Mexico, the National Museum of Anthropology includes 23 rooms exhibiting ancient artifacts of Mexico, as well as a collection of artifacts from the Mayan civilization.

The Google Arts and Culture states that the museum 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.” 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF LOUVRE MUSEUM, PARIS

Arguably the most famous museum in the world (most likely because it is home to the most famous painting in the world, ‘La Mona Lisa’), the Louvre is the world’s largest museum and includes approximately 38,000 priceless artefacts. In 2019 alone, the museum welcomed 9.6 million visitors, making it the most visited museum in the world.

Take a virtual tour of the Louvre Museum in Paris

Unlike other world-famous art museums, Louvre is not included in the Google Arts and Culture collection. However, the museum still offers online visits through their own website. There are 7 virtual tours on offer, including the ‘Egyptian Antiquities’, a collection from the Pharaonic period. ‘The Advent of the Artist’, an exhibition that “takes a close look at the transition from the typically anonymous craftsman of the classical period to the artist of the Renaissance and further.” As well as the tour titled ‘Power Plays’, which takes a look into the connection between art and political power.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Founded in 1929, the MoMA is home to a rich collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum’s initial collection included a gift of eight prints and one drawing. Today, the MoMA’s collection is made up of over 150,000 pieces of art, including artwork from Monet, Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and many others.

You can view some of the most famous pieces of modern art in MoMA’s collection via their online gallery. But even more than that, the museum’s YouTube channel offers video tours that can be accessed on multiple devices. Tour the museum on your smartphone, move your phone up and down to view the space in a 360º image. Alternatively, you can experience the same virtual tour on your computer by scrolling through the video using your mouse. The technology also works with your VR headset.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF TATE MODERN, LONDON

Just before the world went into lockdown, the Tate Modern opened their latest temporary exhibition celebrating Andy Warhol with a retrospective of his work. Although the museum closed for lockdown, they opened their virtual doors to the exhibition AND it includes an exhibition tour with curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran. The video features a walk-through of the collection while the curators discuss the artist’s work through the lens of the immigrant story, his LGBTQI identity and concerns with death and religion.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF LE GALLERIE DEGLI UFFIZI

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited museums in the city and you’ll soon realise why when you delve into its spectacular collection of artwork. Designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany, the museum has evolved and now exhibits a collection of ancient artwork and sculptures.

The online gallery features a dynamic collection from the museum including a unique exhibition of Piero de Cosimo, the creative process behind Federico Barocci’s drawings and a selection of renaissance oil paintings.

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