In this current condition of the world we know that travel is not possible, so far many museums around the world have decided to offer visitors virtual tours in order not to give up art and culture even in such a critical moment. Discover with us which museums you can visit from home and thanks to virtual tours.
The first museum to offer virtual tours is the Louvre. In our article dedicated to the visit of Paris in one day, we had already told you about the thematic itineraries proposed in the form of a photo gallery on the museum website (Greek sculpture, masterpieces, the Italian Renaissance, the Da Vinci Code …). Next to this gallery, the museum has set up three real virtual tours, to discover its collections. Currently you can choose between the tour of the “Egyptian Antiquities” that of the Galleria d’Apollo and, finally, a sightseeing tour for the remains of the ancient moat of the Louvre. Not everyone knows, in fact, that the Louvre was initially a fortress, wanted by King Philip II of France in 1190.
In London, the British Museum, currently closed, offers online viewing of image galleries, with all the masterpieces kept inside. The gallery is divided into floors and rooms and allows you to admire all the main collections of the museum. If, like me, you are fascinated by Greek art, you will have to select the ground floor and dedicate yourself to rooms from 12 to 20. If, on the other hand, you want to dedicate yourself to the Middle Ages, go to peek at the galleries on the upper floor).
We had the opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum on the occasion of our trip to Amsterdam a few months ago and we really enjoyed it. I was happy to discover that this museum also allows you to discover all its collections online, with a thematic division.
The Prado Museum in Madrid offers a complete view of its entire collection, over 5000 works by the likes of Francisco Goya, Velazquez and Rubens. The museum also houses one of Caravaggio’s best known works, “Davide e Golia”, and “L’Annunciazione” by Beato Angelico. By opening the website page dedicated to the collection, the main masterpieces kept at the Prado will immediately appear. In the lower part, you can also search for paintings by author.
We fly overseas and precisely to New York! Two of the main museums of the city, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have created virtual collections and tours that allow us to visit them even while staying at home. The Guggenheim has collected its collections online. The Met, on the other hand, has created a project, called The met 360° Project, consisting of 6 different 360° videos, which explore some of the locations of the famous New York museum.
The Vatican Museums have put online on their website virtual tours of the Raphael Rooms, the Niccolina Chapel and also the Sistine Chapel. These tours allow you a 360 ° view of the room you decide to visit. Choose the tour you prefer and enjoy your visit!
In Italy, we can visit numerous museums by staying at home. These include the Uffizi, which have created virtual exhibitions. The exhibition “On Trajan’s Trails” is very interesting, as well as the one dedicated to the Sala di Saturno of Palazzo Pitti.
The Pinacoteca di Brera, the most visited of the Milanese museums, has also collected its online collection, dividing the works by historical period, but also by artist, material and technique and room. In this way, you will be able to view in high definition The kiss by Francesco Hayez, the Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, the city that goes up by Boccioni and all the other works of art kept in the art gallery.
Even the NASA offers the possibility to make the virtual tour inside the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohaio. Thanks to 360° views, photos and videos, you can discover all the behind the scenes of the research activities of the government agency responsible for the United States space program and aerospace research.
Google Arts & Culture is a new Google project that has photographed in 3D some of the most famous museums and palaces in the world, allowing users to virtually visit, among many, the National Gallery of London, the Palace of Versailles and the Museum Reina Sofia of Madrid.
Are you ready take the virtual tours of museums and experience the innovation?