Famous museums around the world offer virtual tours

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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COVID-19 lockdowns around the world have had serious effects on day to day lives of almost everyone on the planet. The boredom might not last for long. Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your room.

1. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Uffizi Gallery

This less 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, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world. Have a virtual tour here.

2. British Museum, London

British Museum London

This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

3. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Guggenheim Museum

By using Google’s Street View feature, you can now tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without having to do the actual traveling and walking.

4. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum

Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

5. Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

This historical museum houses plenty of ancient artifacts such as the famous Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, naturally, the Pergamon Altar. The virtual tour to the museum can be accessed here.

6. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

Access Virtual tour of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul here.

7. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The J. Paul Getty Museum’s Street View tour to explore the huge collection of masterworks—paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

8. MASP, São Paulo

MASP, São Paulo

Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts fair, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Art Museum, abbreviated MASP) is itself a work of art; the building is an imposing Modernist box suspended under two bright red concrete supports. Featuring classical European names such as Gauguin, Goya and Gainsborough, the museum also holds one of the largest collections of Brazilian and other Latin American artists on the continent. Have a virtual tour here.

9. National Museum Of Anthropology, Mexico City

National Museum Of Anthropology, Mexico City

Build 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. All of them can be viewed on a virtual tour here.

10. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1937, the National Gallery of Art is free and open to the general public. For those who aren’t in Washington, D.C., it also provides virtual tours of its gallery and exhibits.

11. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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 here.

12. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum is a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam; it is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw. You can have a virtual tour of the Museum on the following link

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