The effects of the pandemic have permeated into all aspects of life, especially travel. While there has been a complete halt on tourism, tech-savvy artists and curators worldwide have been opening up their museum doors – online. According to Fast Company, Google Arts and Culture has partnered with over 2500 renowned museums and galleries like Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), Mexico’s Museo Frida Kahlo, and the Acropolis Museum in Greece for virtual tours and online exhibits that everyone can access.
For all you art enthusiasts and #wanderlust-ers out there, life just got a little better! You can now experience the best of art, music, and culture from around the world from the comfort of your home. To make things easier for you (you’re welcome), we’ve shortlisted the seven museums you absolutely have to check out, digitally of course.
With an immersive user interface, British Museum offers access to different historical artifacts, and a variety of information from across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas. From art and design to religion and trade, this museum covers just about everything from AD 2000 with audio, text-based info, and images.
Check out the virtual tour here.
2. Musée d’Orsay, Paris
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Built on the Orsay railway station, the location of this museum itself is rather unique, and one of the reasons why it is a must-see, even online. Additionally, folks who are interested in modern art, Neoclassicism, and appreciate Van Gogh’s works will thoroughly enjoy a virtual tour of Musee d’Orsay in Paris (known for its art collection from the period 1848 to 1914).
Check out the virtual tour here.
3. National Gallery of Modern Art, India
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With a carefully curated collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, this gallery offers the best of both worlds. You can also expect to find artworks of pioneers like Amrita Sher-Gil and Rabindranath Tagore. If you appreciate modern art, then this virtual tour is the one for you!
4. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
The building itself is a ground-breaking architectural marvel. It is made out of titanium sheets that change colour depending on light and the weather. Guggenheim Museum’s tour offers you access to unique works of the 20th century, and abstract and non-objective art are some of the key themes in its collections. The only permanent exhibit here is The Matter of time, which incorporates a pre-existing piece of art, Snake.
5. The MET: Metropolitan Museum of Art, United States
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Despite its location in three sites – The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters in New York City – the MET is visited online by millions of people. Its exquisite collection features European artworks, along with those from Africa, Asia, Egypt and the Americas. It even boasts of one of the world’s largest collections of art from the Islamic World, most of which are over a thousand year old.
6. Vatican Museums, Rome
Take in the most of what the world’s smallest country has to offer through this Vatican Museum tour! You can marvel at the paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance period, observe the tiny details of Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and the suite of rooms created by Raphael is another crowd favourite.
7. Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico
Also famously known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for its striking cobalt-blue walls, Museo Frida was the home of Late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It was eventually converted into a museum to honour her and her work. Much of the house still remains preserved as it was in the 1950s. The rooms here display not just her art, but also the traditional Mexican cookware, clothing, and personal mementos including photographs and letters.