5 Virtual Museum Tours You Can Take From Home

5 Virtual Museum Tours You Can Take From Home
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You can be a virtual visitor and do a self-guided, room-by-room tour of these museums around the world. Perfect in the time of social distancing and self quarantines due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Simrran Gill
March 18 , 2020
10 Min Read

The novel coronavirus has created an upheaval in all our lives. Travel plans have been cancelled or postponed. Many countries are on a complete lockdown and physically visiting them is not an option. Most museums and art galleries are closed. And many are stuck at home for a while. So what do we do? How about virtual tours? Many museums and galleries around the world offer virtual tours of their collections and spaces. You could spend hours travelling around these from the comfort of your home. 

The Louvre, Paris

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Part of a former fortress and royal palace, The Louvre is the one of the world’s most-visited art museums. It has a collection spanning ancient civilisations to the mid-19th century. Their miscellany of French paintings is world renowned, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Wander through the Renaissance and French classical style corridors of the Louvre, and get lost in an alternative dimension full of masterpieces. On a virtual tour here, you can visit the museum’s exhibition rooms, galleries and facades, including the Egyptian Antiquities which house collections from the Pharaonic period. Interestingly, you can also take a stroll through the original perimeter moat of the fortress. 

The Dalí Theatre-museum, Spain

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If you have a knack for digging the unusual, the Dalí theatre museum is one place you would throughly enjoy. Salvador Dalí’s self curated collection, including melting clocks and giant eggs paints, takes you through his thought process. Dalí’s conceived ideas are what make this museum unique and also allows visitors to walk through his imagination with a unique bend towards science and nuclear mysticism. The museum includes Dalí’s paintings, sculptures, installations, holograms, stereoscopes and photography. The virtual tour of the museum lets you explore some of its rooms and exhibits through panoramic pictures.

The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome

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A visit to the Vatican Museums is a dive into art, archaeology and ethno-anthropology that has been gathered by Popes over the centuries. A significant part of the museum’s collection are the Apostolic Palace’s artistic rooms that were chosen by the Popes over ages as places of residence or for private prayer. A cluster of masterpieces spun together, it will take you more than just a day to explore the Vatican Museums. The collection here bears testimony to the art and history of over 20 centuries. You can easily tour the 7kms of hallways and corridors of these museums at your own pace from the comfort of your home. The virtual tour also lets you visit the Sistine Chapel. The same Sistine Chapel whose vault and wall on the altar are covered in paintings by the famous Renaissance artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, who spent almost a decade on them.

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

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Italy’s romance with art is never ending. The Uffizi Gallery is a testament to this. It boasts of a collection of ancient sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages to the Modern period. Masterpieces by Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Mantegna, Correggio, Raffaello, and Michelangelo, amongst many others, adorn the gallery. Apart from that, the corridors also house the ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures, and statues from the Medici family who ruled Florence from 1494 to 1512 and from 1527-1530. The virtual tour here is truly a spellbinding affair. 

The Palace of Versailles, France

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Listed as a World Heritage Site for almost three decades, the palace of Versailles is a sight to behold. An insight into the French history, the embellishment here by various successors continued until the French Revolution. Currently, the palace contains 2,300 rooms that house paintings and sculptures marking the history of France. A garden also spans across the western side retaining the essence of the word ‘chateau’. In the Renaissance period, the term ‘chateau’ was used to refer to the rural location of a luxurious residence. A virtual tour of the palace will transport you back in time for a visual delight. 

The Google Arts and Culture Project

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When have we found a problem and not been able to get an answer on Google? Even when under quarantine, the Google Arts and Culture Project offers us various options for a visual retreat into the world of art and culture. An online public platform, this project grants access to content from over 1,200 leading museums and archives across the globe. You can get curated content on daily basis right on your screen. How fascinating is that? 

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