10 museums and exhibitions you can visit online

Siobháin Spear
Mar 16, 2020

An opportunity to explore some of the world’s most renowned museums while implementing social distancing.

Somewhere in the midst of flight changes, border closures and self-quarantine measures, COVID-19 became very real, very quickly. Imminent travel plans have been postponed indefinitely, and people all over the world are getting to grips with the realities, and complexities, of self-isolation. However, just because you are spending more time at home, does not mean that you have to let go of opportunities to explore the world around you.

Thanks to our digital evolvement, you can now sit and discover some of the world’s most iconic museums from your sofa. Here are ten museums and exhibitions to provide you with some cultural and educational stimulus over the coming days and weeks.

1. The British Museum

In partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, the British Museum in London has created one of the most advanced online museum experiences. Featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history, you can jump back in time and explore diverse cultures while listening to insights from British Museum curators.

Take the virtual tour.

2. The Louvre

As one of the world’s largest art museums and one of Paris’ most iconic landmarks, the Louvre is a must-visit for those visiting the French capital. While adhering to social distancing precautions, you can skip the queues and visit the exhibitions online instead. Explore the Egyptian Antiquites, the remains of the Louvre Moat and more.

Take the virtual tour.

3. The Van Gogh Museum

Home to the largest collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh, the museum in Amsterdam is a draw for curious art lovers. With over 200 paints, 500 drawings and 750 personal letters from the artist himself, the museum offers endless opportunities to learn about Van Gogh’s life and work.

Take the virtual tour.

4. National Gallery of Art

Washington is home to one of the most popular museums in the United States: the National Gallery of Art. You can view audio and video exhibitions via the gallery’s website to explore exhibition highlights and learn more about at momentous events.

Take the virtual tour.

5. NASA

Based in Ohio, the NASA Glenn Research Centre designs and develops innovative technology in order to further advance NASA’s aeronautical and space exploration missions. Not quite a museum or an exhibition, the innovative hub still aims to share insights into its missions in order to educate the wider population. You can take an online tour of the flight research hangar, a supersonic wind tunnel and more.

Take the virtual tour.

6. National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural history tells the history of the planet. It stewards a collection of 145 million specimens and artifacts, each reflecting a moment in time and space. On a mission to understand the natural world and our place on it, the National Museum of Natural History allows visitors to take a self-guided tour of exhibits and areas within its grounds.

Take the virtual tour.

7. The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is an internationally-renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. However, you don’t have to fly to the United States to discover the artwork that is housed inside the museum because a virtual tour has been created to ensure the collections and exhibitions can be viewed from afar. You can get a taste of artworks by Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and more.

Take the virtual tour.

8. National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art

Korea’s National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art has become of the country’s most popular museums since opening its doors in 1969. Providing you online access from anywhere in the world, the Google virtual tour takes you on a journey through Korea’s art history.

Take the virtual tour.

9. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Housing over two million works of art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world across three iconic sites in New York City. But you don’t need to travel to the Big Apple for a taste of what The Met has to offer. Millions of people opt for the online experience instead.

Take the virtual tour.

10. Rijksmuseum

While you may not be able to travel to Amsterdam right now, you can still explore world-famous artworks from the Dutch Golden Age without leaving your home. Featuring artworks from the likes of Vermeer and Rembrandt, take an online tour of museum without having to share the experience with the annual 2.5 million visitors.

Take the virtual tour.

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