Virtual Museum Tours to Explore
By Social Media Volunteer Julie Becaud
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, museums have had to be creative and resourceful to share their collections to the public. Explore your favourite museums from the comfort of your couch with these great virtual tours:
BBC Museums in Quarantine
This series explores national museum collections at a time of enforced closure. In the first of the series, Alastair Sooke gains access to the Tate Modern during midst of the coronavirus pandemic for a last look at the Warhol exhibition.
National Gallery on YouTube
At-home Associate Curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper tell the tales of her favourite interiors and at home paintings displayed at London’s National Gallery.
In this comprehensive range of virtual tours covering a number of the iconic Paris institution’s diverse collections, you will be able to take a peek into La Petite Galerie of the Louvre, a treasure waiting to be discovered from home and for free.
The British Museum
The Museum of the World experience is a worthy alternative for those wanting to explore the past from the safety of home. Through a partnership between the British Museum and the Google Cultural Institute, you will be able to travel a timeline following parallel histories and cultures or click on objects in the collection from prehistory to the present.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Guggenheim welcomes thousands of visitors every day just to explore its epic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. Thanks to this Google Street View tour you can still wander its halls, even from home. Browse the museum’s most significant offerings of postmodern, conceptual and installation art, then head to the homepage for a searchable database of its 8,000 artworks.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence gives your the opportunity to scroll through more than 300,000 works of its digital archives of Renaissance art. Click on the HyperVisions tab for thoughtfully curated tours around themes such as angels, epiphany and ‘intercultural vision’.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can stay safe at home and still wander in this impressive building.
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