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The art world takes to the internet: 10 online art museums to visit while at home

Photo by Andrew Neel 

Sick of doing the same routine, of Zoom and Netflix bingeing? If you’re missing creative spaces while you’re at home, you might be pleased to know that 2,000+ museums and galleries are now offering virtual tours and online collections on Google’s Arts & Culture pages. World-class museums and galleries are now offering virtual tours and online collections as COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt, shutting down all art and cultural institutions in affected countries.

Despite all the closures, Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes many of the world’s biggest museums: Tate Modern and the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in NYC, as well as hundreds of others. Additionally, you can browse through entire exhibitions online, and in many you can walk through the museum using Google’s street view. For opera fans, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City is streaming concerts for free.

From the 2,000+ museums to visit, here are my favorites:

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Italy has been hit extremely hard by the virus, show them support by “walking” around and giving this gallery a visit.

This gallery host some of the Renaissance’s most famous works, such as Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Travel back in time to the 8th century with this collection of European paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs.

The Museu de Arte Sāo Paulo, São Paulo

The MASP is Brazil’s first modern art museum. 

“Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat”
by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Here is where you can find the largest collection of artworks by Van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and over 750 personal letters.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Explore an exhibition of American fashion from 1740 to 1895 and a collection of Vermeer paintings.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

Catch up on the best of contemporary art from Korea from the comfort of your bed!

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Explore the ruins of Pergamon, a once rich and powerful ancient Greek city in Aeolis. The museum also hosts Ancient Greek architecture for a fun trip to the past.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

“Walk” among Vermeer, Rembrandt and many more masters from the Dutch Golden Age.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Get a close look at the works of Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin and hundreds of other French painters.

British Museum, London

Tour the museum’s new program “Museum of the World” and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone.

Not only does Google’s Arts & Culture pages offer museums and closer looks into famous art, but they also offer games such as guessing the artwork, DIY art projects, and other exhibits in science museums and halls of fame. Hopefully, this content will keep you busy for weeks!