Louvre Abu Dhabi: the art of digital discovery

Siobháin Spear
Apr 20, 2020

You can explore cultural connections through virtual experiences.

While Louvre Abu Dhabi may still be temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is offering the culturally-curious armchair travellers an opportunity to explore art and humanity online. Launching a number of digital experiences, the museum aims to inspire grounded globetrotters through a series of virtual tours, exhibitions, audio and video experiences, plus a collection of downloadable activities.

Bringing stories of cultural connections to your fingertips

Providing a virtual walk-through tour of ‘Furusiyya: The Art Of Chivalry Between East and West‘, you can explore the museum’s latest exhibition and discover stories of war, loss, camaraderie and courtly love that shaped Christian and Islamic cultures. For those looking for an even more immersive experience, the 360-tour can be viewed with a VR headset.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi app

In times like these, art can often provide the calm and the inspiration we need. Offering an #ArtFromHome experience, Louvre Abu Dhabi people to explore in-depth stories, special exhibitions and over 150 audio journeys through a free app that you can download on iOS or Android and explore in seven languages: Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian, German and Hindi.

Online experiences for young explorers

Another resource that the museum has made accessible for families is a ‘Make and Play’ series of online activities. Through a series of easy-to-follow videos, Louvre Abu Dhabi is allowing families to get creative and make art that is inspired by the collection. Providing easy instructions, activity timings and ensuring that all activities can be attempted with minimal materials, this could just be the art class your children will want to attempt outside of e-learning hours.

The museum has said that it will be launching additional programmes in the coming weeks, including immersive audio and virtual tours of the permanent galleries. It will also be providing access to an immersive science fiction experience of the museum’s iconic architecture and more.

Adjusting to the idea of virtual travel? Here are another 10 iconic museums you can visit online. If that’s not your thing, why not go to the Opera in your pajamas or explore top national parks with Google Earth. Whatever you do, stay inspired while you stay inside.