Over 2500 museums and galleries have virtual tours and online collections available for viewing by way of the Google Arts and Culture portal. For the armchair traveler, this cornucopia of creativity and knowledge has never been easier to get to.
Some of the fabulous museums you can visit for a virtual tour during the shutdown include the following:
- The Vatican Museums—You virtually visit seven areas of the gigantic complex. Enjoy 360-degree views of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and the Pio Clementino Museum, to name a few. http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html
- The Guggenheim—As this Manhattan museum’s website now reads “In uncertain times such as these, art can provide both solace and inspiration.” Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, The Guggenheim has a fabulous virtual tour and audio guide to take you on a journey up its spiral hallways. https://www.guggenheim.org/collection-online
- The London National Gallery—This museum specializes in works of the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh is a highlight, as is Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire. You can virtually tour 18 gallery rooms enjoying a panoramic view using the gallery’s virtual tools. https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours
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