Self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a bit difficult with all the social distancing, boredom and more. However, according to Fast Company magazine, Google Arts & Culture collaborated with over 2,500 museums and art galleries around the world to showcase virtual tours and online exhibits, both to entertain and learn during your self-quarantine at home.
The museums include British Museum in London, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park and many famous museums around the world, even the Great Wall of China, for anyone to observe and take virtual museum tours on social media just from your couch (at home).
1British Museum, London
You can now visit the Great Court and see the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies at the British Museum. Along with the virtual tour, you can also see the artifacts displayed around the museum.
Tour here: British Museum, London
2Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
It is your perfect chance to see the close up version of the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh’s artworks- with a large collection of over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and over 750 personal letters.
Tour here: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
3Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Discover the artworks from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras from Google’s Street View feature, touring along its famous spiral staircase of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Tour here: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
4Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This museum holds the artwork collection of the de Medicis, one of the most well-known families in Florence. You can see a variety of amazing artworks of the family from the building which was designed specially for Cosimo I de’Medicis by Giorgio Vasari, just from your home.
Tour here: Uffizi Gallery, Florence
5National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
There are two online exhibits available at the museum- the first one is an American Fashion Exhibit from 1740 to 1895, which includes clothes from the Colonial and Revolutionary eras and the second one is a collection of artworks from Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
Tour here: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
6Musee d’Orsay Museum, Paris
Discover the dozens of artworks from French artists between 1848 and 1914 including Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin and a lot more at Musee d’Orsay Museum.
Tour here: Musee d’Orsay, Paris
7National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
You can see a collection of Modern and Contemporary artworks from Korea and countries around the world with a tour through six floors of the museum.
8Pergamon Museum, Berlin
A variety of ancient artifacts are displayed at this museum, which is one of the largest museums in Germany. You can discover the famous artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Pergamon Altar and a lot more through Google’s Virtual Tour.
Tour here:Pergamon Museum, Berlin
Enjoy the Street View Tour around the Rijksmuseum, where you can see amazing artworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Tour here: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
10The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
A massive collection of European artworks can be discovered through Google’s Street View Tour. You can see paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts and photographs from as far back as the 8th Century.
Tour here: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
11MASP, São Paulo
MASP, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum, displaying varieties of artworks such as paintings and sculptures. Scroll through its collection of Brazilian art, prints and drawings with Google’s Virtual Tour.
Tour here: MASP, São Paulo
12National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
This museum holds the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. Visit its 23 exhibit rooms throughout Google’s Visual Tour to see artifacts from ancient civilizations such as the Maya.
Tour here: National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
13Great Wall of China
Not only Virtual Tours at museums, you can also do Virtual Hikes at the famous Great Wall of China. Visitors can explore the part of the wall from Jinshanling to Simatai, allowing them to enjoy some of the best views of the wall. The website also provides some more information for visitors to grab a few important facts before planning the trip.
Tour here: Virtual Hike at the Great Wall of China
14Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
This tour lets you explore glaciers, fjords, and icebergs located in the Alaskan wilderness. Kenai Fjords has over 40 glaciers in the Harding Icefield, according to the National Park Service website, and the tour begins with a peek into Exit Glacier, one of the only accessible glaciers by road within the national park.
Tour here: Kenai Fjords National Park
15Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
One of the most popular national parks in Hawaii is now totally accessible online. During this tour, it lets you explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, which is a cave formed by flowing lava, which can drain lava from a volcano during an eruption. On the tour, you can also enjoy the stunning view from the volcanic coastal cliffs, “fly” over an active volcano, and see the effects of an eruption from 1959.
Tour here: Volcanoes National Park
16Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, this popular park has over 100 caves. On this virtual tour, you can take a walk through the fascinating caverns, view incredible rock formations, and even see thousands of bats who live in the cave system. You can even “experience” life as a bat thanks to this park’s impressive simulation.
Tour here: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
17Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The beautiful, red and orange hoodoos of this famous desert landscape are now on full display, even if you’re in your living room. This virtual tour centered on Sunset Point lets you enjoy the star-filled night sky from this Dark Sky certified national park, get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations, and even take a horseback ride through the canyon from the comfort of your own home.
Tour here: Bryce Canyon National Park
18Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
This remote and severely underrated park is located 70 miles west of Key West, according to the National Park Service website. Thanks to this virtual tour, you no longer have to book a seaplane or boat to get there. Visit the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, swim through the third largest coral reef in the world, and even take an exploratory dive into a shipwreck from 1907.
Tour here: Dry Tortugas National Park
These are just visual tours of some attractions and you can visit the following website to explore more famous museums around the globe, just from your home.
Source: Travel & Leisure