Tired of the Usual Video Streaming? Change Your Online Scenery with These Museums Offering Virtual Tour

December 28, 2020

The quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic has confined us to stay at home and not be able to explore places like we usually would before the normal.

We may think that we can no longer do anything if we cannot step out of the house. This mentality has made us feel bored and nothing to do aside from the usual binge-watching and checking on our social media accounts. It makes us feel like we need to go out and just take a trip somewhere!

However, there are still a lot of ways on how you and your family can explore other places – by doing it online. 

Thanks to Google Streetview and Google’s Arts & Culture, we can already tour just about any place we want anywhere in the world. One interesting way to exploit this free service is to take virtual tours of popular museums around the globe. 

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Here some of the museums that you can take virtual tours of: 

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. This 56-year old museum prides itself on Mexico’s archeological history and pre-Hispanic heritage. It has 23 rooms filled with artifacts, including some from the ancient Mayan civilization.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. This museum has the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces. It has over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750 letters he wrote personally.

British Museum, London. Aside from the hundreds of artifacts, the virtual tour allows you to see the Great Court, the ancient Rosetta Stone, and the mummies of Egypt.

Guggenheim Museum, New York. This museum is known for its spiral staircase. The museum features artwork ranging from different eras – Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin. Known for its collection of ancient artifacts including that of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the famous Pergamon Altar.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. It showcases the works from Vermeer and Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. 

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The museum houses artworks from European artists from as far as the 8th Century. 

Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medici’s art collections are displayed here. This building was designed by Giorgio Vasari for a de’Medici family member in 1560.

MASP, São Paulo. This non-profit museum is also Brazil’s first modern museum. It has a distinct way of displaying its artworks by placing them on clear frames which make them seem like they’re floating in midair.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul. This museum has six floors dedicated to Korean Contemporary Arts. 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. This museum features two online exhibits through Google. It highlights American fashion from 1740 to 1895, and the artworks of Johannes Vermeer.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Displayed in this museum are works from French artists who worked and lived in 1848 and 1914. Artworks of Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin are a few of of the popular names of artists included in their exhibits 

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Unfortunately, not all of the museums around the world can be featured by Google Streetview. You can check any specific museum’s website and see if they are also offering virtual tours, whether it through Google Streetview or maybe directly through their websites.

While at it, you can do a zoom conference with any of your peers or family members and have a virtual tour together. Maybe you can invite anyone who has personal knowledge or experience in any of the museums that you are going to visit. Take a listen to their stories while you comfortably sit in front of your computer while showcasing your farmhouse wall decor signs in your video camera background.