As the majority of us are choosing to stay at home in order to stay healthy, we are no doubt couch surfing more than ever before. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t see new things. Galleries and museums across the globe have opened up virtual tours and live streams that you can now view from your living room.
Yes, visiting in person is always ideal, however, there is a wonderful perk to virtual travel…you don’t have to deal with crowds!
Here’s a list of some amazing museums that have set up virtual tours for you. Hint: these links will become even handier when Spring Break is over and you are looking for educational tools for your kids.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers some great virtual tours. They’ve created award-winning videos allowing online visitors a chance to view the Met’s art and architecture in an immersive new way.
The Vatican Museum is a trove of iconic art and architecture. About 20 years ago, I was lucky enough to tour through it. Doing so virtually brought back many great memories. The seven virtual tours provided by the Vatican allow you to view areas that you are not allowed to take pictures or videos of even if you are there in person!
The British Museum
The British Museum teamed up with Google Streetview so online visitors can view their world-class collection of human history and culture. This virtual tour requires installing the Google Arts & Culture App on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
The London National Gallery
In collaboration with Google Streetview, you can enjoy panoramic views of 18 rooms in the London National Gallery. You can also get a closer look at over 300 paintings.
Visit four of the Louvre’s exhibition rooms and galleries with their online tours. “The Remains of the Louvre’s Moat” is most interesting, as are the collections from the Pharaonic period.
The online collection of the Guggenheim features over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists (and is continually expanding). Immerse yourself in the works of Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Jean Arp (to name only a few).
The Anne Frank House
Another online tour offered by Google Arts & Culture is the Anne Frank House. Learn about Anne’s life, diary and legacy as you follow along on this virtual tour.
History of Science Museum
Explore the galleries of Oxford University’s History of Science Museum using their interactive virtual tour. From the safety of your own home, view such things as sundials, old globes, ancient cameras and more!
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Virtual tours at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History allow one to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits from a desktop or mobile device. You can also view past exhibits that are no longer on display.