Free international museum tours online
Countries around the globe are urging their citizens to practice self-quarantine and stay at home in order to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
This means that we’ll have to cancel plans for activities and social interaction, which might be a nightmare for the extroverts out there. But worry not, there are still fun things you can do at home – even “travel” the world!
Here are 13 renowned museums around the world with next-level tech, allowing you to take a private virtual tour for free right from your bedroom.
1. British Museum, London
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The British Museum is home to not only English artefacts, but also countless precious items which were gathered during the British Empire from its colonies. Now, you can bring out your inner Indiana Jones and examine these ancient goods with a simple click.
2. Guggenheim Museum, New York
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The Google Streetview feature allows us to visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s iconic spiral staircase and admire works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
3. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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All the fashionistas, gather up! National Gallery of Art’s Google exhibition has brought to your screens the timeline of American fashion from Colonial to Revolutionary eras. Another exhibition is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter, Johannes Vermeer.
4. Louvre Museum, Paris
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The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world and it’s also home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Although it’s the only place on the list that didn’t get help from Google, its own virtual tour is still worth visiting. Lucky us, there’s no need to get in the queue in order to explore this magnificent museum!
5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris
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Walk through another French museum, Musée d’Orsay, and take a look at artworks from iconic French painters like Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, and many more.
6. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Go up and down the 6 floors of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and browse through over 200 contemporary works to inspire your day.
7. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
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The Pergamon Museum is among one of the biggest German museums. The place filled with many artefacts from across history, such as the Pergamon Altar.
8. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Appreciate works from the Dutch Golden Era at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Thanks to their virtual tour, you’ll feel like you’re roaming the wide and opulent halls of the museum in the flesh.
9. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
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Admire Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces up close (and personal) without having to fly all the way to Amsterdam. For all the bookworms out there, there’s also an online exhibition called “Which Books Did Vincent van Gogh Read?” – it’s time to take a peek into your favourite painter’s reading list.
10. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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The J. Paul Getty Museum is a huge archive of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and manuscripts from as early as the 8th century to present day.
11. Uffizi Gallery, Florence
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Wander through this picturesque museum that was founded in the 16th century and explore the Uffizi Gallery that houses an art collection of the de’Medicis, one of Italy’s well-known artist families.
12. MASP, São Paulo
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Get lost in the world of modern arts at Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Many paintings are placed in clear frames, thus, they look like they’re floating mid-air – that’s modern art for you.
13. National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
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Push your horizons and learn about the history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage with 23 exhibitions, showcasing ancient artefacts, including that of the Mayan civilization.
Having fun while at home
Adjusting to self-isolation might be tough at first, but also reaching out to your friends and places around the world isn’t that tough with the help of technology. This way, you won’t feel like you’re losing touch with the outside world while being responsible for the sake of the whole community.
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