As the coronavirus outbreak spreads around the world, social distance rules have become even more strict. Nations around the globe have told residents to stay at home but, in times of isolation, it is still possible to find alternatives ways to have a look at the most interesting museums without leaving your house. Here are 10 museums that offer online tours, chosen because they surely deserve the visit, even if it is virtually.
- Acropolis Museum – Athens, Greece
Do you want to see discoveries of monuments and statues found on the slopes of the Acropolis from excavations that started in the early 20th century? At the Acropolis Museum it is possible to see original sculptures that withstood the ravage of monuments as the Parthenon, Erechtheion and The Temple of Athena Nike. The online tour of the Museum is available at Google Arts & Culture Platform.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, United States
The Met is one of the most famous museums of the world, with an extensive and complete art collection that puts together classic antiquity pieces, European paintings from the 17th to the 20th century and reserved sections dedicated for modern art with exhibitions of North American artists. Its galleries consist in accessories from multiple places around the globe from different time periods. It also has encyclopedic collections and weapons from past centuries. At the Met’s official website you can have a 360º video virtual tour.
- Vatican Museums – Vatican City
Accessing the official website of Vatican Museums you are able to get to know the complex of cultural institutions founded in 1506. The Museums houses a collection of paintings and sculptures kept for centuries by the Roman Catholic Church and Papacy. Taking the virtual tour it is possible to see The Niccoline Chapel, Room of the Chiaroscuri, Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, as well as Pio Clementino Museum and the Braccio Nuovo.
- Uffizi Galleries – Florence, Italy
It is the perfect museum for those who enjoy Renacentist art, because its collection is composed of paintings such as The Birth of Venus by Botticelli and Bacchus by Caravaggio. You can also see other artists of the period, for example, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello Sanzio and Rembrandt, whose work you can see on the official Museum website. The online visit is available at Google Arts & Culture.
- Pinacoteca de São Paulo – São Paulo, Brazil
Founded in 1905, it is one of the most important museums of Brazil. The Pinacoteca’s collection highlights paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries produced by foreign artists in Brazilian territory. It also has paintings from the Brazilian Modern Art Movement made by artists such as Tarsila do Amaral, Cândido Portinari and Anita Malfatti. The main room of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo can be visited online on Google Arts & Culture with 360º vision.
- Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum – Jerusalem, Israel
The museum collection is composed by photographs, original artifacts and possessions from World War II. The Yad Vashem Museum was created to document the memory of Holocaust victims. With an extensive documentation, the museum is today one of the most important research field of Holocaust, and you can visit online on its oficial website or on Google Arts & Culture.
- Louvre Museum – Paris, France
The museum’s official website offers a look at its most famous art pieces, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre Museum has a collection that travels since Prehistoric Art through the 21th century, stained glass art, Islamic Art and Greek and Roman Antiquities. Not to forget an infinity of paintings you can check it out online on Google Arts & Culture.
- Museu Afro Brasil – São Paulo, Brazil
The 3D virtual tour is available on the official Museum website, where you are able to find paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs displaying the history, work, religion, art and cultural African and African-Brazilian influence in local art. The museum’s collection travels from the 15th century until nowadays.
- Ohara Museum of Art – Kurashiki, Japan
The Ohara Museum of Art is the first exclusive Modern Art museum in Japan, initially focused in French Art. However, nowadays, its collection has masterpieces of different countries and times, highlighting the Renacentist Art pieces and contemporary Japanese artists. The online tour is also available on Google Arts and Culture.
- British Museum – London, United Kingdom
The most important museum of the United Kingdom puts together history and global culture instruments with masterpieces of all continents, adding a total of 7 million pieces. The British Museum has the The Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon sculpture. You can visit it online on Google Arts and Culture, and it is also possible to have a look at the enormous and monumental outside and inside architecture of the museum.
The article above was edited by Clara Suaiden.
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