Are you currently on lockdown? Are you looking for ways you can entertain yourself and see the outdoors while staying safe at home during the COVID-19 outbreak? If you enjoy cultural activities, then this one is for you.
In fact, amid the Coronavirus pandemic, most countries all over the globe are ordering their citizens to stay at home to help flatten the curve and lessen the spread of the virus. As a result, most places had no other choice but to close their doors to the public, and Museums are no exception. However, many Museums have chosen to offer people the opportunity to do FREE virtual visits from home.
Down below you can find a compilation of museums accessible online for FREE to people all over the world… To be consumed without moderation.
The Smithsonian Museum (Washington DC, USA)
The Smithsonian Museum is undoubtedly one of the most famous and important museums, not only in America but worldwide. What makes the Smithsonian so unique is that not only this museum preserves and narrates the classic History, but it also provides a wide variety of exhibitions and items related to pop culture so many of us know and love.
So, what are you waiting for to visit the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC for FREE, from the comfort of your couch? You can currently find superheroes exhibits online, with Captain America’s shield in full view and plenty of items and shows relating to the most popular TV shows, classic and cultural history and so much more.
Bonus points, their online tour, and information are available in more than 7 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Deutsch, Arabic, and Korean.
The Louvre Museum (Paris, France)
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France is a must when it comes to museums and art history. So, how about a stopover in Paris to discover all the treasures contained in the Louvre? Animated cartoons, videos, podcasts, lectures, image bases, commentaries on works of art, virtual tours, virtual reality experiences, and much more.
Fill up on French art, but not only through a FREE Online visit to the most visited museum in the world.
Other than a multitude of world-renowned paintings that can be found in the Louvre such as :
- The “Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault
- The “The Seated Scribe” from Saqqara
- The “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix
- The “Borghese Hermaphroditus” Roman copy (2nd Century AD).
- The outstanding “Venus de Milo” Sculpture
- The “Rebellious Slave” by Michelangelo
- And so many Priceless masterpieces.
Don’t worry, no one forgot about the true superstar of the museum, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa Masterpiece is entitled to special treatment, to our greatest pleasure. The Louvre is offering a focus on Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting to help people understand its history, its specificities and what makes ridiculously famous. Those who have a virtual reality headset can enjoy a one-on-one session with the painting, to admire all its details.
You can also discover the treasures in the Louvre’s Petite Galerie, the Egyptian Antiquities collection from the Pharaonic period in Egypt, remains of the Medieval Louvre’s Moat, The Galerie d’Apollon and more.
Bonus Points, the Louvre Museum is very active on social media. During the quarantine lockdown, they are sharing every day more insights and details about one of their paintings or sculpture. You can follow them on Instagram. You’ll be in for a treat. The information they share is available in French, English, Spanish, and other languages as well.
The National Gallery (London, UK)
The National Gallery in London is also offering people across the world the chance to virtually show their online exhibitions and paintings.
This famous British Museum located in London, UK counts a collection of over 2,300 pieces of artwork, featuring popular paintings and works from all major traditions of Western Europe. The paintings there are from the artists of late medieval and Renaissance Italy to the French Impressionists. So, if you are into Art, this Museum is a must for you.
This is a non-comprehensive list of famous artists whose paintings are exposed at the National Gallery in London, and that you can visit today from your house in 3D: Duccio, Uccello, van Eyck, Lippi, Mantegna, Botticelli, Dürer, Memling, Bellini, Leonardo, Cranach, Michelangelo, Raphael, Holbein, Bruegel, Bronzino, Titian, Veronese, Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, Van Dyck, Velázquez, Claude, Rembrandt, Cuyp, Vermeer, Canaletto, Goya, Turner, Constable, Ingres, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh and more.
This Gallery also offers information in several languages.
The Palace of Versailles (Paris, France)
How about you take a deep dive into France’s rich Art History? What better place to start than The Palace of Versailles or Le Chateau de Versailles like the locals call it. The Palace of Versailles has a unique and rich history. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site in the ’90s. It is considered to be one of the greatest achievements in French 17th Century Art.
Until the French Revolution, kings who ruled France lived in the Palace of Versailles, each bringing their print and share of culture and beauty to the Château de Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is considered to be among the most visited sites in the world.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, The Palace of Versailles has closed its doors to the public. But, you can visit it online and for FREE. So, don’t wait and chase boredom by learning more about the rich France culture. Visit The Hall of Mirrors, wander through the King’s Grand Apartments in 3D, and learn at the Museum of the History of France from your cozy couch.
It’s doable through the Arts and Culture Google Plateforme. Which means you can use the Street view. Bonus points, the information is available in several languages, including French, English, Spanish, Italian, Deutsch, and more.
The Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid, Spain)
How about a little jump to Spain? The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, Spain has opened its doors to online visitors across the globe during the sanitary crisis we are all facing. The Reina Sofía is the most famous Museum in Spain. It contains modern and contemporary art, starting from 1900 to the present day.
If you are curious about Spanish and European History, or the Spanish History of Arts, the Reina Sofia Museum is the place for you to learn everything there is to know, including the Guernica canvas by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The gigantic artwork will make your jaws drop, even on a screen.
During the pandemic, you can visit the Reina Sofia museum, the Sabatini Building, the Nouvel Building; the Palacio de Cristal, the Palacio de Velázquez and more.
Bonus points, the Reina Sofia Museum is definitely the place to learn about the Cubism art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture. The early-20th-century avant-garde art Movement has inspired related movements in music, literature, and architecture. Also, it has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. Want to know more?
Also available in several languages through the Arts and Culture Google platform. So 3D Visits are available through the street view option.
The Alte Nationalgalerie (Berlin, Germany)
Have you been to Germany? You spice up your quarantine lockdown by discovering the largest collections of 19th Century German Art, sculptures, paintings and much more. Located in Berlin, Germany, The Alte Nationalgalerie is home to outstanding masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, and many other artists. Furthermore, you can find several French impressionism works.
The Alte Nationalgalerie is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage and is part of the five museums forming the museum complex on Berlin’s Museum Island.
It was built by Friedrich August Stüler between 1866 and 1876 in a neoclassical style. It looks like a Greek temple, so even the Museum architecture is a joy for eyes. It has also a very rich history since it was damaged by the Second World.
Bonus points, available in several languages including English, French, Spanish, Deutsch, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Chinese, and more. It is also available through the Arts and Culture Google Platform, so 3D Visits are possible through the Street View option.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)
Founded in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York in the United States of America is one of the largest and finest museums in the world.
The Met includes over 5000 years of art from around the globe. It is dispersed across three iconic sites in New York City: The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.
The good news is, even if they had to close their 3 sites to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, they are offering people the chance to visit the said sites online instead, and it’s for FREE.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York includes more than 2 Million Paintings, sculptures and pieces of artwork by the world’s most famous artists. You can find in it :
- The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
- The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
- Fulang-Chang and I by Frida Kahlo
- The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet
- Madame X by John Singer Sargent.
- The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David
- The Temple of Dendur
- Mountains at Saint-Rémy
- Children Meeting by Elizabeth Murray
- A Ride for Liberty — The Fugitive Slaves
- Portrait of Lukas Spielhausen by Lucas Cranach the Elder
- Woman with a Parrot by Gustave Courbet.
I can go on all day and night. It’s over 2 Million priceless masterpieces. Or, you can visit them for yourself right now, from your home. To view the treasures in the Met Museum for FREE, online, click here.
You can also immerse yourself in a 360-degree video of iconic spaces in the Museum through their website or Youtube Chanel.
The Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Are you a Vincent van Gogh fan? The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, as its name suggests has the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, pieces of art and personal items in the world.
The collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters written by the artist.
Other than a deep dive into Vincent Van Gogh’s work and personal life, including romantic adventures, the Museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
You can take an online virtual tour to discover this great museum and the countless masterpieces and artistic treasures it harbors from the comfort of your own home.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, South Korea)
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Seoul, South Korea offers people around the world an incredible six-floor virtual tour to discover artistic works of art from Korea, but not only.
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul also includes contemporary masterpieces from around the world.
Please note that the South Korean’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is offering you the virtual visit through the Google Art Anc Culture Platform, so it’s viewable in 3D thanks to the street view option.
Bonus, the information included is available in a multitude of languages, including English, French, Spanish, Chinese Korean, Arabic, and more.
The American Museum of Photography
Are you into Photography? How about learning more about the work of America’s most renowned photographers throughout History? If that’s how you would like to spend your time during quarantine, then indulge yourself.
The American Museum of Photography is an online Museum that contains all the photographers, history, information and basically all there is to know about Photography in the United States of America.
You can visit it during the pandemic to pass time in a fun way. Once you are on their website, you can view the available online exhibitions and click on them to discover more.
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