12 famous museums you can take virtual tours of

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

It’s day number (insert how many days you’ve been in quarantine) of quarantine so here’s a fun way to take your mind off of the fact that you might be going stir crazy and give you something fun and educational to do.

Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to give you virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the worlds most famous museums.

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British Museum, London

Virtual visitors can tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and find hundreds of different artifacts.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Discover amazing works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern Contemporary eras and experience Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving your couch.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Experience an American fashion exhibit of fashion from 1740 – 1895 including clothes from colonial and Revolutionary eras, as well as a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Virtually walk through a popular gallery that holds dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. See artworks from Monet, Cezanne, and Gauguin, among others.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

This virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Pergamon Altar.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt are available. Google also offers a Street View tour of the museum so you can feel like you are actually there wandering the halls.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

See the largest collection of van Gogh artwork up close (in a virtual way) including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Use Street View to take a tour of European artworks from as far back as the 8th century. Discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This gallery houses an art collection of the de’Medicis family – one of Florence, Italy’s most well-known families. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’Medici so take a look inside with Google.

MASP, Sao Paulo

Take a virtual tour and discover the artworks placed on clear Perspex frames that make it seem like the pieces are hovering in midair.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

This museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. Explore 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

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There are thousands of other museums on Google Street View as well. They also have an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural sites.


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