Visit Museums from Home: 19 Virtual Tours of Famous Collections
We travel and culture buffs aren’t good in a quarantine. We itch to get out to experience exceptional objects and breathtaking spaces in person. Luckily, many museums have teamed with Google Arts & Culture to create virtual tours of their collections. The Decorative Arts Trust hopes these online tours assuage your cabin fever and melt away the stresses of the world for a few moments. If you are new to Google’s 360˚ Street View panoramic tours, simply open the link and use your cursor or the arrow to move through rooms. Look for an “x” and click on it to move to that spot. There is even a Google Arts & Culture app.
Berlin: Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin
Berlin: Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago
Florence: Uffizi Gallery
Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bayou Bend First Floor, Bayou Bend Second Floor, Rienzi First Floor
Kansas City: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Kraków: The National Museum, The Matejko House, The Józef Mehoffer House
London: Tate Britain
Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Mexico City: Museo Nacional de Antropología, México (National Museum of Anthropology)
Mumbai: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Paris: The Louvre (Adobe flash player required)
Paris: Musée d’Orsay
St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage Museum
There are many more museum virtual tours on Google Arts & Culture as well as on individual organizations’ websites. Google also offers a number of virtual tours of heritage site and landmarks. For a different kind of virtual tour, check out this British Museum collection timeline tour. We hope these digital experiences provide you with some enjoyment, relaxation, and edification!
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