Our much-loved museums and art galleries may have closed their doors due to the current pandemic, but don’t despair. Tech-savvy curators are getting creative with how the public can access their collections, and many are catering to an online audience with insanely good virtual tours. Take a trip through some of the world’s greatest collections on these virtual museum and gallery tours.

 

The National Museum of Natural History

One of the world’s most visited museums for good reason, this branch of the Smithsonian is well-versed at keeping kids of all ages entertained and learning.

If your household could use something diverting and educational, head on in and start exploring the fossils, ocean life and even the insect zoo. And for pure eye candy, look at the Gems and Minerals Wing, and the Butterfly Pavilion.

Virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

 

The Metropolitan Museum

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore an iconic space in an unprecedented way.

This award-winning series of six short videos invites viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met’s art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. You can choose to have the gallery all to yourself or experience the hustle and bustle via a time-lapsed space… you can even float above the Met’s cloisters for a bird’s-eye view. Created using spherical 360° technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum’s iconic spaces as never before.

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project

 

The British Museum

Check out over two million years of history and culture at London’s British Museum with nearly 50 online exhibitions. From the Rosetta Stone to beautiful textiles in the Sainsbury African galleries, there’s plenty to see.

Even the tiniest objects hold their own on its virtual tours. We love that you can view individual pieces, play audio to learn more and search for related works. There’s also a scrolling capability that lets you go back thousands of years.

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

 

The Museum of Modern Art

Looking for new discussion topics for your next virtual cocktail party?

Visit these in-depth online galleries and take advantage of the ability to zoom way in on the likes of Georges Seurat’s “The Channel at Gravelines, Evening” and Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Or check out the newest, coolest exhibit on one of abstractionism’s unsung heroes, Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art

 

Google Arts and Culture

Experience culture in 360°.

Explore paintings, sculpture and architecture in virtual reality. Get up close and personal with the earth’s creatures.  Enjoy having the best seat in the house for performances at iconic venues. Get the full view of fashion trends and travel to infinity and beyond with all things space in 360°.

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/360-videos?hl=en

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