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12 famous museums that you can now visit from your couch
Posted on 23/03/2020

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Self-isolation can also be tough in terms of entertainment, which is why Google Arts has started a collaboration with 2500 museums and galleries offering virtual tours to guests and making quarantining a little better. Here are 12 world famous museums that you can now discover from the comfort of your own home, so go ahead and expand your knowledge about art, history, and science!

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Musée d'Orsay, Paris
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The best museum to admire the richest impressionist and post-impressionist collections, the Orsay Museum in Paris allows visitors to admire world renowned works of art by some of the most celebrated European masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, and Cézanne.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

The famous Korean museum, that has three different branches across Asia, is now available to be explored from your couch! Also known as Gwacheon Contemporary Art Museum, this art house boasts collections by Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Do not miss the opportunity to marvel at Germany's largest museum, even if the tour is virtual. Displaying treasured pieces such as the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way, the Pergamon Museum usually welcomes 1,135,000 visitors every year.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Fortunately, this famous American Museum will be offering different virtual tours, displaying two separate art genres. The first exhibit will display American fashion from 1740 until 1895, as well as featuring styles from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second one is an art collection by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

British Museum, London

Enjoy a fantastic tour of the UK's most iconic museum dedicated to human history, art and culture, gathered from all over the world since the Colonial Empire. Witness the 8 million artworks, including the Great Court, the ancient Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian mummies.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Tour the remarkable Guggenheim Museum from your home without undertaking the journey of climbing up or down its legendary staircases! Famous artists featured here are Paul Klee, Paul Cézanne, and Georges Braque.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Mecca for Van Gogh's art and life - Van Gogh fans will not have to travel all the way to Amsterdam to witness this genius' creations. Showcasing about 200 of his paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters, the Dutch museum is worthwhile a (virtual) trip.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Do not miss out on the virtual tour of the Getty Museum to admire fascinating artworks showcasing pre-20th century European paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and decorative arts, including 19th and 20th century American, European and Asian photographs, and contemporary and modern sculpture.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

A rare opportunity to comfortably discover the wonders of one of the most historic museums, which also happens to be one of the most visited in Italy. Via the virtual tour, you can see a collection of priceless works, particularly from the Renaissance period, by artists such as Leornardo Da Vinci, Titian, and Rembrandt themselves.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

The virtual tour is a great chance to see 23 exhibit rooms containing ancient artifacts from the Pre-Hispanic Mayan civilization, such as the Statue of Aztec goddess Coatlicue, the Replic of Codex Borbonicus, and head covered with turquoise, all in Mexico's largest and most visited museum.

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil

The artworks positioned over clear perspex frames make them look like they are floating in the air in this Brazilian non-profit art museum, primarily known for its fine collection of European art. Recognized as the best museum, not only in Latin America, but in all of the Southern Hemisphere - go ahead and experience its wonders through a virtual tour.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The amazing Rijksmuseum exhibits 8,000 objects of important art and history, dedicated to the history of Amsterdam, from a collection of 1 million objects in total, dating from 1200 to 2000. Many of the masterpieces displayed here are by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

Not all museums could be included in this list, unfortunately. But the Louvre, for instance, offers virtual tours on its website.

And there are thousands of museum Street Views on Google, as well as online experiences of famous historic and cultural heritage sites and incredible virtual tours of some of America's best national parks. So get ready to soak into some great culture and education!