Tour All The Top Museums for FREE from your Couch

Does this Coronavirus self-quarantine mean you have to be bored at home? NO….

Turn off Netflix and check out some of the world’s greatest museums.    Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 250 institutions to let you view for FREE, and have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online. This involved taking a selection of super high-resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than thirty thousand other images into one place. It also included building 360-degree tours of individual galleries using Street View ‘indoor’ technology. The project has expanded dramatically since it first launched. More than 45,000 objects are now available to view in high resolution, an increase from 1,000 in the first version.

Ans the have a COLLECTION section where you can do a virtual walkthrough of ten tops museum for FREE right now!  So you can “walk through museums” without ever leaving your couch.

Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes some biggies like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the British Museum in London,  the Guggenheim in New York City, as well as a wide range of institutions, large and small, traditional art museums as well as less traditional settings for great art. Take a look at the White House in Washington D.C., or the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, or explore the collection of São Paulo Street Art in Brazil or the Musée d’Orsay, Paris in France before diving into the incredible detail of the Japanese national treasure by Hideyori Kano. Continue the journey in India, exploring the Santiniketan Triptych in the halls of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.   This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

The new tools will help you discover works and artifacts, allowing you to immerse yourself in cultural experiences across art, history, and wonders of the world—from more than a thousand museums across 70 countries:
• Search for anything, from shoes to all things gold
• Scroll through art by time—see how Van Gogh’s works went from gloomy to vivid
• Browse by color and learn about Monet’s 50 shades of gray

• Find a new fascinating story to discover every day—today, it’s nine powerful men in heels


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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

You can virtually walk through the Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) which is one of the major Paris museums and an absolute must-see. Built in a former train station, Orsay is now one of visitors’ favorites!

Famous for its very rich impressionist and post-impressionist collections, and bathed in the smooth sunlight that passes through the glass vaulted-ceiling, the Orsay Museum offers to travelers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of admiring world-renowned works of art by the most acclaimed European masters.


British Museum, London

Housing over 8 million objects that preserve the history and culture of humankind across 2 million years, the British Museum collection is a must-see for anybody passionate about any of these topics, or just a museum freak.  Its collection is divided into 10 curatorial and research departments, accordingly mostly to the origins of the pieces.

Among the British Museum highlights are famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, which finally made it possible to translate and understand the ancient Egyptian language, and the Book of the Dead, a collection of rites and spells that helped us understand the funerary traditions of ancient Egypt.

Kick back on your couch and check out  the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.


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Guggenheim Museum, New York

Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.


National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.


Pergamon Museum, Berlin

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.


Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.


The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.


Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.


MASP, São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.


National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

Sadly, not all popular art museums and galleries could be included on Google Arts & Culture’s collection, but some museums are taking it upon themselves to offer online visits. According to Fast Company, the Louvre also offers virtual tours on its website.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

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