Bring art and culture into your home virtually
Our much-loved museums and art galleries, which are among the most popular attractions in many cities around the world, may be out of our reach during the pandemic, but do not despair. Fortunately, in our digital age we can view many of the collections of our world’s museums from the comfort of our own home.
So, pop the kettle on, settle into the sofa and get ready to be suitably impressed and inspired as you explore these iconic museums without leaving your own home.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
This grand and popular museum houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works in the world. You can click your way through this virtual tour to find French Masters such as Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and more. The online tour also includes an online exhibition charting the history of the Beaux Arts-style building it sits within, which was once a railroad station known as Gare d’Orsay, and later, a hotel.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), New York City, USA
The largest museum in the western hemisphere, The Met hosts a collection of over two million works spanning the entire globe and covering 5,000 years of art history. The Met online, 360° Project, lets you browse the entire collection, and visit online exhibits. Look out for some of its most impressive pieces including works from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Giotto di Bondone.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de'Medicis. You can scroll through more than 300,000 works including Botticelli, Titian and Canaletto. Browse through it all on a virtual tour, including Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus on a Google Street View tour.
The British Museum, London, UK
This iconic museum, located in the heart of London, allows virtual visitors to tour some of its impressive collection which totals more than 8 million objects. When it opened in 1759 it was the first of its kind in the world. Today, the history and culture museum boast some of the most notable antiquities on earth. On its virtual tour, you’ll be able to see Egyptian mummies from the impressive Egyptian collection, the Rosetta Stone and much more.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Van Gogh Museum pays homage to the Dutch ingenious painter, Vincent Van Gogh. It showcases over a thousand of the artist’s paintings and drawings plus 750 letters. Some of the masterpieces from this tragic genius can be enjoyed via a virtual tour that will bring you through the permanent collection.
MASP, São Paulo, Brazil
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. The museum has a very particular way of displaying artwork in their galleries: paintings are hung on crystal easels that make them look like they’re floating mid-air. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous displays of art from Brazil and beyond.