Yes COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our lives, confining us to a single city, and ultimately a couch. You still have choices though, and one of these choices is which museum or landmark you want a virtual tour of. If the Sistine Chapel is on your bucket list, you may just virtually tick it off while you sit on your couch and wonder when all this madness will be over.
We’ve a compiled a list of the best places to check out virtual tours of, focusing mostly on art and culture. There are tours of parks and natural historical sites also, but we’ve chosen to narrow it down to museums.
This is a great resource for anyone keen on exploring; you guessed it, art and culture. Google has provided an impressive archive all in video form, amassing an impressive 500 virtual tours of museums around the world. From virtual tours of India’s most iconic stonework sites, such as the Taj Mahal, and Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan to videos by the artists themselves in their studios, this is an incredible resource that you are sure to enjoy.
2 || The Louvre
I think it would be fair to assume that unless you are in Paris RN, you won’t be visiting the Louvre museum anytime soon, which makes their virtual tours that much more important. One of our favorite tours is that of the Egyptian Antiquities at the museum. There is also a 360-degree look of the museum itself, in addition to works from Michelangelo and other rare artifacts on show.
Perhaps one of the issues of visiting a museum virtually is not being able to physically appreciate the structure. This is true of the impressive Frank Lloyd Wright building that holds the Guggenheim. That said there are some up close and personal tours of artwork that you have a harder time seeing in real life. The virtual tour of the museum itself is housed on Google’s Art and Culture site. The Guggenheim site focuses on the exhibitions themselves, with the curators themselves often times serving as guides which is a real privilege.
4 || The Vatican Museums
The Vatican museums hold an incredible wealth of art and sculptures, perhaps too many to see on a single trip to the museum itself. This makes the virtual tours available that much more important, COVID-19 or not. The works, curated by the Popes themselves over many centuries can be seen in the virtual tours of the iconic exhibits, which includes the Michelangelo ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
The MET in NYC is another museum that you can visit virtually. There are works to be appreciated from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Giotto di Bondone. What the world as a whole will miss is the MET’s annual exhibition which launches every first week of May. This themed exhibit is tied to the most impressive gala event of the year, The MET gala which has been postponed to an undetermined date. The theme of this year’s MET exhibition and gala was titled, “About Time: Fashion and Duration”.
6 || Van Gogh Museum
Well if you love Van Gogh or are curious about his work, then this is a good place to come to. This Amsterdam-based museum houses approximately 600 artworks and 700 letters. Perhaps what is most intriguing about the work of Van Gogh is how entwined it was with his own psyche and well-being, expect to get more than just art on this virtual tour..
7 || The British Museum
There is nothing quite like the British Museum and being able to see it come to life from the comfort of your sofa is unreal. The possibility of discovering centuries of art and culture from a multitude of historical perspectives is quite incredible. Yes, being there will feel different, but the details offered on the tours of the British Museum ensures that you can see it all, on a number of days, allowing you to truly savor all its glory.
8 || 360 Stories
We really love the concept behind this website, and the time it must take to ensure that all the consumer-generated content is up to par with the sites standards. 360 stories shares virtual tours of many places in the world thanks to the work of the visitors themselves. This changes the paradigm, creating a consumer-generated experience which is more authentic and relatable. Not everything on this site is free, in fact many of the tours and walks are around $45, but we would say it is well worth it. The 360 element of the videos also gives it a much more modern, although slightly dizzying feel! Put on your headset to get the full experience.