• Vanshika

Top 15 museums available for a virtual tour!

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

Sick of sitting at home and not being able to explore the world ?

Craving a visit to a museum but saddened by the thought that it isn’t really possible at the moment?!

Well, worry no more! Here is a list of 15 brilliant and exquisite museums, from all around the globe, that offer the opportunity to take a virtual tour and witness the refined works of some of the best known artists in the world.

How exciting, right? You get to learn about the art and culture of places from all around the world from the comfort of your couch.

1) British Museum, London

One of the largest and most comprehensive museums in the world allows you to take a virtual tour and get a glimpse of the mysteries of the Egyptian mummies, take a virtual gallery tour using the Google street view, take a close look at the 3-D objects and also witness the Vikings and the Pompeii live!

Vikings Live--> https://www.britishmuseum.org/vikings-live

Pompeii Live--> https://www.britishmuseum.org/pompeii-live

2) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

This museum lets you take a tour of its continuously expanding impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art including the famous spiral staircase through Google street view. It got its current name from the name of its founder Solomon R. Guggenheim. It is one of the most significant icons of the 20th century.

Spiral staircase tour here

3) Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

This beauty is in the Netherlands and even though you can’t really travel to this lovely country at the moment, you can wander the halls of The Rijksmuseum through Google’s Art and culture ,it allows you to discover these refined works from the Dutch golden-age.

It is also known as the home of Dutch masterpieces. Explore the awe-inspiring works of art including Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Van Gogh’s Self-portrait.

Visit the Rijksstudio here!

4) Musée d’Orsay, Paris

This is one of the best museums to visit when in Paris. Oh wait! WHEN IN PARIS?!

Umm not really, lemme rephrase. This is the one of the best museums to visit IN Paris, whether you are there or not. Sounds better?

Google makes it possible for you to discover it’s collection from the comfort of your home.

It is the 10th most visited museum globally. It mainly holds French art and houses a huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, from painters including Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley and Gauguin.

5) The Broad, Los Angeles

With the Broad from home initiative, you can actually explore the infinite drone series and discover the spiritual aspects of Kusama's exploration of eternity—paired with aural selections chosen curated by The Broad, including drone, electronic, ambient, and pop music.

6) National museum, New Delhi

It is one of the largest museums in India since 1949. Don’t worry! Even if you can’t really explore India’s incredible culture and history by actually visiting here, Google provides you with an opportunity to experience the same from your couch. You can discover a variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art through Google’s art and culture.

7) Museum of Broken relationships, Zagreb and Los Angeles

This museum is one of a kind. It showcases personal objects from former lovers along with a brief synopsis. It is completely dedicated to failed love relationships. Sounds interesting?!

It received the Kenneth Hudson Award for Europe's most innovative museum in 2011.

Get to know the stories of several “exes” through the virtual tour of this museum. Some of them are heartbreaking and some are pretty cheerful, be prepared!

8) Museo Frida Kahlo

The Frida Kahlo museum is “THE” place for her admirers. La casa azul (the blue house) is the place where the legendary Frida Kahlo lived. It is a historic and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other artists along with the couple's Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more.

"I am my own muse. I am the subject I know the best, the subject I want to better." - Frida Kahlo

9) Uffizi gallery, Florence

This is another one of the most visited museums in the world. It holds a collection of priceless works from the Italian renaissance period including Rembrandt: Self-portrait as a Young Man, Self-portrait as an Old Man, Portrait of an Old Man.

The collection also contains some ancient sculptures, such as the Arrotino, the Two Wrestlers and the Bust of Severus Alexander.

10) Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe

Well known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, Georgia O’Keefe was a very famous American artist. She has also been recognized as the “Mother of American modernism”. This museum is dedicated to her life and legacy. Although, the museum is closed you can explore her personal library online and take a virtual tour of this museum.

Get a glimpse of her personal library here!

11) MASP, Sao Paulo

Museu de arte de Sao Paulo or MASP distinguished itself for many important initiatives concerning museology and art education in Brazil, as well as for its pioneering role as a cultural center. It is Brazil’s first modern museum and is a non-profit museum found by Assis Chateaubriand and Pierto Maria Bardi.

12) Picasso museum, Barcelona

Where are all my Picasso fans at?! Wherever you are, here is an amazing opportunity for you to witness and get lost in some of the most extensive collections of artworks by the 20th century artist Pablo Picasso!

These collections include his two major works of art, The First Communion and Science and Charity.

13) National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

Can’t visit Korea?! No worries! Google’s Art and culture has brought the Korean culture to you through the virtual tour of the National museum of contemporary and modern art in Seoul, with many international depictions too. The museum was first established in 1969 as the only national art museum in the country accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods.

14) La Galleria Nazionale, Rome

The museum displays about 1100 paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, of which it has the largest collection in Italy. Among the Italian artists represented are Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù, Vittorio Matteo Corcos, and Giorgio Morandi.

The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

15) Pergamon Museum, Berlin

If you wish to wander the halls of one of the most visited museums of the German capital, you can do so through Google’s art and culture. The Pergamon Museum houses monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Market Gate of Miletus reconstructed from the ruins found in Anatolia, as well as the Mshatta Facade.

Its subdivided into three sections: the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art.

Here is a list of some other museums you would like to explore--:

· Hong Kong Heritage museum, Hong kong - Visit here

· Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid- Visit here

· Art Institute of Chicago- Visit here

· Tate modern, London- Visit here

· Benaki museum, Athens- Visit here for the Greek collection!

Visit here for Islamic art!

· National Palace museum, Taipei city- Visit here

· Museum of modern art, New York- Visit here

· The J. Paul Getty museum, Los Angeles- Visit here

Much love!!