If you are bored to death of sitting in your house (damn you, coronavirus!), staring out the window, get a new view by visiting some of the world’s most famous museums – without getting off your couch!
Since isolation and quarantines have become the new social norm, our world has gotten a whole lot smaller – about the size of our house in fact. We are combating quarantine boredom by visiting some museums and galleries that we can’t visit (yet!).
Museums and galleries all over the world have free options to visit their museums online. From virtual tours, to online exhibits, to searching with Google’s Street View – there are so many places to see.
Note: This is a list that I will be adding to as I find more online, so please be sure to pin this for future reference, or bookmark the page and check back often.
The Lourve, Paris
Of course, being one of the most famous museums on the planet, I had to include The Louvre on the list. Some of the most important and popular exhibits are available to tour online – including the Egyptian Antiquities Hall
National Women’s History Museum, Virginia
Who runs the world? Yeah. You know. And you’re damn right we do. Take a look at the online exhibits available on their site. You will learn some about some extraordinary women, who have earned their place in history.
British Museum, London
With their Museum of the World Project, you can look through a number of different exhibits on a virtual timeline. You can choose which area of the world you want to look at, when in time you want to learn about, or choose a topic of your choice. Either way, this project is packed full of information – even though you aren’t able to go to school, you may just learn something!
Guggenheim Museum, New York
With Google’s Street View, you can take a virtual tour of the famous spiral staircases that fill this museum. The Guggenheim is a large museum, you will likely need some time to go through the whole thing.
National Museum, New Delhi
The National Museum has a number of different online exhibits that you can peruse through. There is also the option to search through with Google’s Street View, and take yourself on a tour. Most exhibits are related to India, but they aren’t totally limited by location. You will likely find something of interest for yourself – without the need of a passport.
National Gallery of Art, Washing, D.C.
This museum only has a couple of online exhibits open, but there may be something there to your liking.
They have created their very own app that lets you take tours of the museum. The Rijksmuseum is famous for the Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago boasts one of the largest permanent art collections in the United States. You can see all they have to offer with their large collection of online exhibits, or via Google’s Street View.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Filled with beautiful statues and paintings, Musee d’Orsay will keep you ocupied for a while. They have some online exhibits, but you can take your own virtual tour, with Google’s Street View, as well.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
If you are a Van Gogh fan (or, honestly, even if you aren’t…) you really need to see this museum. There are both online exhibits, or the option to explore with Google’s Street View – and it’s worth it. This museum is filled to the brim with all things Van Gogh.
Another museum that is packed full of incredible things, is the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. You can take a look via Google’s Street View, or you can search through the online exhibits they have available.
MASP, São Paulo
This is an incredible museum. It’s not only nonprofit, but it’s the first modern museum to hit Brazil. One of the really cool things is the way the art is presented – they hang it on clear frames, giving the illusion that the artwork is floating in mid-air.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
One of the most famous museums in the US, The Met is filled in thousands of years worth of incredible art work and history. They have both online exhibits, and the option to explore with Google’s Street View.
So, before writing this post, I actually had no idea this was even a thing. This website gives you the opportunity to view different graffiti art throughout the world. I highly suggest checking it out. I realize this isn’t actually a museum, but some of this incredible art really should be put into one!
Science Museum, London
Museums aren’t all about artwork – there are some incredible science museums all around the world, too! The Science Museum in London, England is a great place to learn all about astronomy, history, computers, and more.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
This site gives you some incredible virtual tours of the exhibits they hold at the Smithsonian. You could spend hours searching through the incredible archives here.
This museum dives into the heartbreaking stories of human rights in our home country. It gives details on human rights around the world, but it has a main focus on Canada. It has numerous online exhibits to search through.
Learn about where you and you ancestors came from, by reading (and watching) the (sometimes tragic) history of Canada’s Pier 21.
For William Historical Park, Canada
While it’s not actually a museum, this is definitely worth a mention. They have a number of different interative online virtual tours that you can take a part of. I love Fort William – We have been there multiple times. If you ever get the chance to go – I highly recommend it (especially for Halloween!).
There are 8 different eras that you can look into on their interactive website. A beautiful and astounding history – all online for you to enjoy.
There you have it! As you can see, many of the museums are listed on Google’s Arts and Cultures App – so you can download that to get a better view. If you want to see all the exhibits they have available, take a look here. I also included some others that aren’t on the app, as they are definitely worth being mentioned as well.
If you think that I have missed any, please let me know in the comments!
If you are looking for more, you can check out a list of museums, zoos, aquariums, famous landmarks, and parks all over the world. You can also check out our list of Canadian virtual tours, here, and our list of US virtual tours, here.
Finally, if you ever get bored of the virtual tours, and you are looking for some good books to read, check out this list of travel books. We have have a great list of travel movies, if you are interested, as well.