While the Covid-19 pandemic has made visiting museums a difficult feat, technology offers some respite by providing online access. Although travel plans might be on hold for a while, there are a number of exciting digital exhibitions and collections around the globe, many of which can be accessed from the comfort of your couch. A number museums of offer virtual tours which can be taken on your phone, tablet, or computer. So, if you want to do your part when it comes to flattening the curve but don’t want to miss out on the latest when it comes to international arts, culture, and travel, enjoy these free exhibitions online!
The Louvre – Paris, France
The Louvre boasts a ginormous collection of art. In fact, the curators have over a million artworks in their possession and this makes it the largest art museum in the world. There’s no doubt that it is certainly worth a virtual visit. Located next to the Seine River and in the heart of Paris, this museum sees almost 10 million visitors a year. The building itself is also of great historical significance and will be of interest to anyone who loves architecture. It was originally built in the 12th century as a fortress and went on to become a palace for kings in the 16th and 17th centuries. During the French Revolution, however, it transformed into a public museum and this is how we know it today. The Louvre currently offers a number of incredible virtual tours. Explore Egyptian antiques, learn about what inspired various art pieces – from Roman hero, Hercules, to Darth Vader – or learn about the body in movement in their exhibition on dance.
The National Women’s History Museum – Virginia, United States
The National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia aims to share the often silenced histories of women in America, educating and inspiring visitors through their use of oral histories. There are a number of fantastic virtual exhibitions. Learn about the Women of NASA or the powerful voices of black women during the Civil Rights Movement. There are also exhibits on women in sport and on inspiring activists like abolitionists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. This is a must-see for anyone with a penchant for activism, civil rights, feminist theory, or the exploration of oft-forgotten histories.
The Google Art Project
If you love art, the Google Art Project is certainly the pick for you. Google has worked with over 1200 museums and cultural institutions around the world to offer incredible virtual tours of their various exhibitions and collections. Explore the wonders of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy or the Ohara Museum of Art in Japan. From Brazil to New Delhi, you can travel around the world and revel in glorious global art. Check out the list of cultural institutions here. There are also a number of fun and interactive games on offer.
Natural History Museum – London, England
This virtual exhibition is bound to be a hit for adults and children alike. Learn about the fascinating history of the largest known animal, the blue whale, listen to the voice of Sir David Attenborough as he guides you through the Hintze Hall and tells you all about the Blue Marlin, insects, seaweed, and more. Or check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery or Dippy the Dinosaur who is sure to be a hit with kids.
There is much to explore when it comes to museums around the world. But don’t forget what your Local History Museums offers!