Virtual Museum Tours for the Homebound

Virtual Museum Tours for the HomeboundIf you are looking to experience a little culture and education during our shelter-in-place order, many wonderful museums around the globe have virtual tours. You can spend the afternoon in one (or a few) of the world’s greatest museums without leaving your chair.

Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits. In some of these museums, Google offers a Street View tour, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering the halls.

Here is a very partial list of what they offer.

The Tate Britan, London
The Tate houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has much to offer. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of Van Gough can see his works up close. The museum contains the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

MoMA, New York
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Today MoMA’s rich and varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
The Tokyo National Museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of artworks and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries. The museum also conducts research and investigations concerning its collection of books, rubbings, and photographs, related to fine art, and makes these items available to scholars.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, pour yourself a cuppa and visit the collection’s website.  And, enjoy your visit!

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