The Best Galleries And Museums To Visit Virtually

Take a tour through some of the world’s greatest collections from the comfort of your own home

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As a growing number of countries go into lockdown due to Covid-19, a lot of businesses, entertainment venues and public spaces have been forced to close their doors, while millions of people are stuck indoors with an abundance of extra time on their hands. But thanks to the power of technology, you can still visit some of the world’s most famous museums without having to get off the couch.

Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to create a series of virtual tours and photographic highlights from each institution. The digital platform, which original launched in 2016, features some of the most prestigious museums and heritage sites on the planet, sharing treasures from the likes of the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and even the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

While it’s hard to beat the experience of strolling through a museum in person and enjoying a piece of fine art with your own two eyes, it’s nice to know that Google can, or at least attempt to, fill the gap in these uncertain times.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Boasting a collection of more than two million items, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest art museums. Its extensive collection ranges from ancient Egyptian artefacts to the Costume Institute’s collection of more than thirty-three thousand objects representing seven centuries of fashionable dress from the fifteenth century to today. Current online exhibitions include the couture designs of Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior, as well as an in-depth look at works by Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch Baroque Period painter best known for ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.

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British Museum, London

Opened in 1759, London’s British Museum houses a variety of relics and artefacts originating from diverse cultures all around the globe. The virtual tour of this iconic museum allows you to take a journey through various periods of history and view a multitude of paintings, sculptures and statues, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

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The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Dedicated to Anne Frank’s life, the Amsterdam based museum has created a digital exhibit which lets you take a look at where the teenager and her family hid from Nazis during World War II. Online visitors can watch videos about her life and virtually explore the Secret Annex.

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

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[#전시소개] 《미술관에 書: 한국 근현대 서예전》은 한국 근현대 미술에서 서예가 담당하고 있는 역할과 의미가 무엇인지 모색하기 위한 전시입니다. ⠀ 전통시대부터 이어져 내려오는 서書가 근대 이후 선전과 국전을 거치며 현대성을 띤 서예로 다양하게 진입하는 과정을 보여줍니다. ⠀ 해방 후 왕성한 활동을 펼쳤던 한국 근현대 서예가 1세대 12인의 작품을 비롯하여 2000년대 전후 나타난 현대서예와 디자인서예 등 다양한 형태로 분화하는 서예의 양상을 종합적으로 살펴봅니다. ⠀ ✔ 국립현대미술관 덕수궁은 코로나 19 확산 예방 및 관람객의 안전을 위해 4월 5일(일)까지 잠정 휴관중입니다. ⠀⠀ 미술관에 書: 한국 근현대 서예 국립현대미술관 덕수궁 ⠀ The Modern and Contemporary Korean Writing MMCA Deoksugung ⠀ #국립현대미술관 #MMCA #덕수궁 #미술관에서 #미술관에書 #서예 #KoreanWriting #Deoksugung #Exhibition

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is one of Korea’s only museums dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art and is spread out over four buildings across the country (Gwacheonand, Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju).

You can enjoy a virtual tour of MMCA Seoul, in the heart of the city, which spans multiple floors and offers a collection of global Contemporary art from Korea and around the world.

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The Acropolis Museum, Athens

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Περιοδική έκθεση «Ελευσίνα. Τα μεγάλα μυστήρια»: Η «Φεύγουσα Κόρη», μορφή από χαμένη αετωματική σύνθεση με κεντρικό θέμα την αρπαγή της Περσεφόνης ή την άνοδό της από τον Άδη. Η μορφή εικονίζει την ίδια την Κόρη (Περσεφόνη) ή μια Ωκεανίδα ή ίσως την Εκάτη. Χρονολογείται γύρω στο 480 π.Χ. Απολαύστε τα σημαντικότερα έργα για τα μεγάλα μυστήρια της Ελευσίνας και ανακαλύψτε τη σύνδεση της Ελευσίνας με την Αθήνα και την Ακρόπολη, σε έναν εκθεσιακό χώρο με τη μορφή του Ελευσινιακού τελεστηρίου. Μέχρι 31/5. Πληροφορίες: www.theacropolismuseum.gr Temporary exhibition "Eleusis. The great mysteries": The “Fleeing Maiden”. It belongs on a missing pedimental composition depicting either the abduction of Persephone or her return from Hades. The figure could represent the Kore herself (Persephone), an Oceanid or perhaps Hekate. Around 480 BC. Presenting the most important artifacts brought to light by the archaeological excavation in Eleusis and the connection of Eleusis, Athens and Acropolis, inside a gallery that has the form of the Eleusinian Telesterion. Until 31/5. Ιnfo: www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en #ancientmysteries #exhibition #acropolismuseum #elefsina #eleusis #acropolis #athens #greece

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Founded in 2003, the Acropolis is an archaeological museum that focuses on the findings of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum, which sits on top of the excavation site, was built to house every artefact found on the rock and surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. Visitors can enjoy a virtual stroll through the museum or click through a series of marble and limestone sculptures.

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The Palace of Versailles, Versailles

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🇫🇷 Pendant cette période de fermeture, nous partagerons encore davantage de contenus sur nos réseaux sociaux, afin de garder un lien avec vous et ainsi de maintenir votre accès à l'histoire, l'histoire de l'art, aux collections, et aux coulisses du château de Versailles. Nous ferons tous les jours en sorte que Versailles vienne à vous. #VersaillesChezVous #MuseumFromHome #ensembleàlamaison 🌍 During the closure, we will share even more content on our social networks, in order to keep a link with you and thus maintain your access to the history, art history, collections, and behind the scenes of the Palace of Versailles.We will make Versailles come to you every day. #VersaillesFromHome #MuseumFromHome #togetherathome 📷 EPV / Thomas Garnier

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The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. Today, The Palace of Versailles is one of the most visited cultural sites in the world. Thanks to the power of technology you can take an online look at the landmark’s famous Hall of Mirrors, Royal Opera, Grand Trianon and beautiful gardens, along with the dwellings of its most infamous resident, Marie Antoinette.

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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world. The collection includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and over 750 personal letters, most of which is offered for viewing online alongside in-depth descriptions. There’s also an online exhibit that delves into the tortured Dutch artist’s love life.

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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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Dans l'exposition "Huysmans, critique d'art", on découvre l'ironie mordante de l'auteur de "À rebours". Voici ce qu'il écrit en 1879 à propos de "La mort de Commode", composition académique de Fernand Pelez: "J’avais tout d’abord mal compris le sujet. Je pensais que le monsieur en caleçon de bain vert penché sur l’autre monsieur en caleçon de bain blanc était un masseur, et que la femme soulevant le rideau disait simplement : “Le bain est prêt.” Il paraît que le garçon de salle est un thugg, un bon étrangleur qui ne malaxe aucunement le cou de Commode pour aider à la circulation du sang ; c’est même, si j’en crois le livret, tout le contraire. Au fond, cela m’importe peu". Exposition "Joris-Karl Huysmans critique d'art. De Degas à Grünewald, sous le regard de Francesco Vezzoli" jusqu'au 1er mars au musée d'Orsay. #DerniersJours . In the exhibition "Huysmans, Art Critic", we discover the caustic irony of the author of "À rebours [Against the Grain]". In 1879, here is what he wrote about "The Death of Commodus", academic painting by Fernand Pelez: "At first I had misunderstood the subject. I thought that the gentleman in green bathing trunks leaning over the other gentleman in white bathing trunks was a masseur, and that the woman raising the curtain simply said: "The bath is ready." It seems that the waiter is a thugg, a mere strangler which does not knead Commode's neck in any way to aid the circulation of blood; it’s even, if I believe the booklet, quite the opposite. Actually, it doesn't really matter to me." Until March 1, "Huysmans Art Critic. From Degas to Grünewald, in the Eye of Francesco Vezzoli". #LastDays . 🎨 Fernand Pelez, "La mort de Commode" (1879) – Béziers, dépôt du FNAC au musée des Beaux-Arts. . #museedorsay #museeorsay #orsaymuseum #artmuseum #artgallery #fineart #beauxarts #artexhibition #art #museum #Paris #peinture #painting #pelez #commode #exposition #exhibition #artcritic #huysmans . 📷 Musée d'Orsay / Eric Jouvenaux

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In the heart of Paris on the banks of the Seine, the Musée d’Orsay is famed for its vast collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, as well as the grandeur of the Gare d’Orsay, a former Beaux-Arts structure, where the museum is housed. The online exhibition showcases how the museum came to be, from its origins as a railway station built between 1898 and 1900 through to the present day. Works by prominent painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Seurat can also be viewed online.

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