As we all hunker down and spend time at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s only natural to start to get a little bored and stir-crazy at times. If you’re looking for a fun and interesting way to pass the time, museums have opened their virtual doors, allowing you to tour their collections.
The British Museum, located in London, has exhibits dedicated to history, art, and culture. The virtual tour can be accessed here.
New York City’s Guggenheim Museum’s famed spiral staircase and the art therein can be viewed using Google’s Street View.
The Louvre Museum, located in Paris, is the world’s largest art museum, meaning you can get virtually lost for hours.
The São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, located in São Paulo, has thousands of works by contemporary artists. You can check out their works here.
The Musée d’Orsay, located in a former railway station, holds a collection of French art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and more, all of which can be viewed here.
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art, also known as “the nation’s museum,” offers two online exhibits to check out while you stay at home.
National Museum of Anthropology
The National Museum of Anthropology is Mexico’s largest and most visited museum, offering up a collection of ancient art as well as modern day exhibits about Mexico’s indigenous groups. You can take the tour here.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, in Seoul, Korea, has a large collection of contemporary art. You can view their collection here.
Pergamon Museum, in Berlin, is one of Germany’s best and largest museums. You can dive into their collection online here.
Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum where you can explore the works of artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other greats.
Smithsonian Institute Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institute Portrait Gallery hold portraits of significant Americans, including presidents, artists, advocates, and athletes. View their current exhibitions online here.
State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage Museum, in Saint Petersburg, is the second largest art museum in the world, with artifacts and works from around the world. Take a look at what they have to offer here.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum features European, Asian, and American work from the 8th through the 21st centuries. Take a look here.
Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, in Madrid, known as part of the “Golden Triangle of Art,” with a collection of Italian, English, Dutch, and German artists, which can be viewed virtually here.
The Uffizi Gallery, in Florence, houses the collection of the de’Medici family. Browse through the works here.
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum houses works from Vincent van Gogh and other Dutch artists of the era, which can be viewed here.