The Best Virtual Museum Tours

Go on an online tour of these prominent museums from the comfort of your couch

The world’s most famous museums have closed their doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Several, however, are offering virtual tours that allow you to feast on iconic pieces of art from your own living room—all for free. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available online. Here’s a list of museums worth paying a virtual visit.

Musée d’Orsay
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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Focusing on art created from 1848 to 1914, the Musée d’Orsay is home to works of art by renowned Impressionists and Post-Impressionists like Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. Two hundred seventy-nine pieces from the museum’s collections can be seen on Google Arts & Culture. 

Virtual tour of the Musée d’Orsay

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

The Big Apple’s famed Museum of Modern Art has 129 artworks featured on Google Arts & Culture. Highlights include Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Gustav Klimt’s Hope II and Henri Rousseau’s The Sleeping Gypsy. The experience is enhanced by a 360-degree view that gives an idea where each artwork is located in the museum.

Virtual tour of the Museum of Modern Art

J. Paul Getty Museum
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J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

This museum, commonly referred to as the Getty, displays art from the eighth through the 21st century. Nearly 15,709 pieces from the Getty’s permanent exhibition are on Google. But if you want to keep up with the the museum’s current exhibitions, its website posts selected works from each set.

Virtual tour of the J. Paul Getty Museum

Front palace
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The Front Palace: Wang Na, Bangkok

This former royal residence displays 142 pieces of art on Google Arts & Culture. Also worth checking is the street view of the Buddhaisawan Chapel. Built in 1795, it is home to magnificent wall murals and one of the most sacred Buddha images in the country.

Virtual tour of The Front Palace

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

If you’re a fan of art from the Dutch Golden Age, then the Rijksmuseum is a must. Apart from featuring 164,511 items, Google Arts & Culture also offers a street view tour of the establishment, making you feel as if you’re actually wandering down its stunning halls. Some of the museum’s most famous holdings include Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn’s The Night Watch

Virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum

Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYC
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Guggenheim has 208 pieces of modern art on Google Arts & Culture. While taking a virtual look at these masterpieces, you may also want to check street view options that give a glimpse of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building and its famous spiral staircase.

 Virtual tour of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Tate Britain
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Tate Britain, London

This venerable British institution holds a collection of art dating back to the Tudor era. It is also known for its extensive holdings of the works of Romanticist J. M. W. Turner. About 270 pieces of art are up for view on Google Arts & Culture, including Sir John Everett Millais’s Ophelia and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine.

Virtual tour of the Tate Britain

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Home to the most extensive collection of art by legendary Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, this Amsterdam gallery has over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters in its permanent collection, a good number of which can be seen on Google Arts & Culture.

Virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum

Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has 572 pieces of art featured on Google Arts & Culture, including some of its most prominent holdings, like Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, Claude Monet’s  Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait (1887) and Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Some artwork can be viewed using a 360-degree street view feature.

Virtual tour of the Art Institute of Chicago

MOCA Bangkok
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Bangkok

MOCA is home to a large collection of valuable paintings and sculptures by famous Thai artists. Google Arts & Culture features 99 pieces from its permanent collection, including 12 paintings by legendary Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, and other notable works like Middle Earth by Panya Vijinthanasarn and Journey to the Next World IV: Journey under the Sea by Prateep Kochabua.

Virtual tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Met’s collection spans 5,000 years of art from around the world, and as many as 200,770 of these art pieces are on Google Arts & Culture. If you want to keep up with the museum’s current exhibitions, visit The Met website, which offers street view tours and an audio feature.

Virtual tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul

Google Arts & Culture offers a virtual tour through the museum’s six floors, and displays 235 modern and contemporary Korean and international art from MMCA’s permanent collection.

 



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