While many of us are stuck inside, binge-watching shows and burying our noses in books might get a bit stale after a while. If you’re lucky enough to have time on your hands while we wait this out, there are plenty of ways to keep the inspiration up creatively. Many of the world’s greatest museums have made their exhibits available to view online, offering virtual tours and even augmented reality. Take a look:
Considered one of the best museums in the US, The Getty is home to thousands of works of pre-20th century art to present day pieces. You can see works by Vincent Van Gogh, illuminated manuscripts, and ancient artifacts. Visit the museum from the comfort of your home and keep it going as one of the most visited museums in the country.
Easily one of the most architecturally breathtaking museums in London, the Natural History Museum is a favorite among history and science lovers of all ages. Check this interactive online guide to see many of their most prized exhibits on plants and animals, and also get up close and personal to Dippy the dino–the gargantuan skeleton that greats visitors in the main hall.
Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900, the Musee d’Orsay is home to the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist works in the world. Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Seurat…gang’s all there. Tour the art or fall in love with the domed architecture on their virtual tour.
This beautiful altar for all things Smithsonian, is one of D.C.’s and America’s prized possessions. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History though breathtaking in person, is offering all sorts of virtual tours from permanent and current exhibits, past exhibits, research centers, and even some of their outdoor sculpture tours.
Regardless of your sentiments, The Vatican’s museums are some of the most culturally rich destinations on the planet. You can do a virtual tour of seven spaces within the museum, and also get a virtual tour in of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel magnum opus. Continue the tour with a separate exploration of Vatican City itself that takes you to Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square.
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At the apex of the U.S.’s arts and culture avenues sits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the greatest museums in the world, housing thousands of years worth of art and artifacts. Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution’s 26 online exhibits.
Okay so maybe not an actual museum, but NASA is working with several of its department centers to allow virtual tours in research and exploration. They’re offering free virtual tours of the Langley Research Center in Virginia, as well as of Ohio’s Glenn Research Center. The Space Center Houston also has an app that provides virtual tours, augmented reality experiences, and videos and audio stories about space exploration.
The Museum of Modern Art was the first museum dedicated to collecting and presenting art from the modern era. The institution’s holdings showcase some of contemporary art history’s most famous paintings, from the likes of Van Gogh and Picasso. Google may only present 129 of those artworks in its virtual tour, but they are some of the world’s most notable, including Henri Rousseau’s The Dream, Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Cézanne’s The Bather.
One of Miami’s crowned jewels when it comes to arts and culture, The Bass is truly a beloved museum for local art lovers. While you can’t enjoy its historic architecture or the adjacent Collins Park, you can take a tour of several of its best exhibits from past and present. Explore pieces by some of the most innovative modern and contemporary artists.
While Frost Science‘s true magic lies in its interactive abilities and hands-on activities, science lovers of all ages can still get a great kick out of the museum digitally. You can take a 360-degree look at their exhibition spaces as well as a full virtual tour of the museum. They’re offering tons of online workshops and research information too, so you can keep those creative juices a-flowing.
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Want more? Check out the Google Arts & Culture Project to see all of their virtual exhibits from around the world.
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