Top 10 Virtual Museums to Visit During Lockdown

Lockdown is boring – we understand that, but it shouldn’t stop you from visiting some of the premier museums in the world. Albeit, wandering through the halls of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC on your computer will be a different experience, we can still guarantee that you’ll enjoy the visit. Say goodbye to the crowds, not being able to see the exhibits and the overpriced food. You can sit on your couch with your favourite, almost free snack, and enjoy the ‘private tour’.

British Museum, London

London’s premier museum located in the centre of the city allows visitors to gaze upon their most prized exhibits through the safety of a computer screen. Artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone and Ancient Egyptian Mummies can be viewed for all you Egyptologists reading. Their virtual tour titled ‘The Museum of The World’ allows you to move forward and back in time and view their artefacts from your selected period. You can go back in time to over 2,000, 000 years ago! My favourite is the amazing selection of Egyptian artifacts! Simply gorgeous.


Pergamon Museum, Berlin

The Pergamon Museum is one of Germany’s biggest museums and holds thousands of famous objects from our ancient past. A standout includes the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, we can’t forget, the Pergamon Altar. Enjoy an uninterrupted viewing of the museum thanks to Google who have partnered with them to create a virtual tour accessible through Google Maps.


J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Over 6000 years of Human history lives inside the J Paul Getty Museum located in the beautiful hillsides of the San Fernando Valley. Often referred to as the top gallery on the west coast of the U.S.A, it contains treasures such as Neolithic clay figures and Van Gogh’s Irises. There are many more objects on the virtual tour. Once again, this tour is conducted through Google’s Maps platform and is a fluent experience with crystal clear images and unparalleled viewing experience. With the click of a button, you can find out a wealth of information about the artefact.


National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea

Many separate locations make up this museum. The main gallery is located in Gwacheon there are smaller branches in Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. The virtual tour explores a breathtaking mix of photography, print, sculpture, new media, design and other monumental installations. Containing world-renowned artists such as Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik, the tour consists of a multinational and cultural line-up of established artists, as well as contemporary Korean artworks and emerging artists.


Vatican Museums, Rome

Towering ceilings, vaulted, with intricate murals and tapestries – the Vatican’s many museums are locations of immense creativity and spiritual knowledge for those of the Christian faith. Always remember to look up when touring the seven available spaces in the Vatican’s virtual tour. You’ll be left with your mouth open when the Sistine Chapel makes itself known through your laptop screen. You’ll be able to explore it in a glorious 360-degree format. Roam around the remainder of the historical city with a You visit tour that encompasses Saint Peter’s Basilica and the surrounding square. Don’t forget to wear your headphones because there is a guided audio tour – you may as well be there!


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 

The NGV has released a virtual tour of select exhibitions to encourage Victorians to still explore the excellence of art whilst in Lockdown. The gallery closed in March bot those who weren’t able to see the amazing ‘Keith Haring’ exhibition, you’re in luck – there is a virtual tour available online. The same virtual tour is being run with the Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’ exhibition. It is 100% free and there are 0 ads. The tours are excellently led by the curator.


National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Google’s Arts & Culture site is an excellent resource for art lovers, especially those looking to visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The site has over 42,000 artefacts from the museum in its database that can be viewed directly, or under specific categories such as ‘Neolithic civilisation’ or ‘Middle Ages Europe’. Slide shows of current exhibitions can be found on the homepage, something which makes for enjoyable viewing. Like all the other museums the tours are completely free. Make the most of this amazing opportunity!


Art Institute of Chicago 

“Wherever you are, whatever the time, our online resources are always here to connect you to our collection of art from around the world—whether you’re seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.” – Art Institute of Chicago

Over 500 pieces of artwork can be browsed on the Institutes virtual guidance program. You can view Edward Hopper’s noirish ode to urban alienation, ‘Nighthawks’. Something which is a bit more light-hearted is Georges Seurat’s Post-Impressionist masterpiece, ‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte’.


A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

Tate Modern, London

The Tate Modern Museum takes a different approach than the other museums on this list. They utilise YouTube to share their exhibitions such as the Andy Warhol one they have on at the moment. The exhibition opened on March 12 before closing less than a week later on March 17 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the extensive lockdown measure placed on UK citizens. The owners of the museum worked super hard and have made a YouTube virtual tour. Currently sitting at almost 100,000 views it is sure to keep you happy for 15 minutes.


The Louvre, Paris

Lastly, and most possibly the most famous museum in the world, The Louvre Paris has had virtual tours for several years now. There are only 4 tours, but each is value pact with information and excellent entertainment. From ancient Egypt to the Galerie d’Apollon, you’ll save thousands on plane tickets and save yourself a trip by viewing them online.


Article courtesy of the Blue Horizon Prints team.

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