Virtual Museum Experiences

By: Gabriela Passos

With an endless amount of time on our hands, some of the greatest museums around the world have created virtual tours to keep us engaged and entertained during this quarantine. Whether it is virtual date night with a fellow art enthusiast or just a solo trip to the museum to take in some of the greatest works of art we have you covered with the list we have compiled of some museums around the world that are currently offering virtual tours on their websites. 

North America

MOMA, New York – plays a major role in developing and collecting modern art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. https://www.moma.org

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – is the largest art museum in the United States. With 6,479,548 visitors to its three locations in 2019. https://www.metmuseum.org

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York – Housed in the building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the Guggenheim collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/site/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. – The National Gallery of Art, founded as a gift to the nation, serves as a center of visual art, education, and culture. Our collection of more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings spans the history of Western art and showcases some of the triumphs of human creativity. https://www.nga.gov

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles – The Getty houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present, gathered internationally. https://www.getty.edu/museum/

The Art Institute of Chicago – Located in downtown Chicago, the Art Institute is one of the world’s great art museums, housing a collection that spans centuries and the globe. https://www.artic.edu

Europe

Louvre Museum, Paris – is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city. https://www.louvre.fr/en

Muse d’Orsay, Paris – The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. https://m.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – is a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam. https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en

 The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – Houses Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

British Museum, London – is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire.  https://www.britishmuseum.org

Tate Britain, London – It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. https://www.britishmuseum.org

Acropolis Museum, Athens – The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. https://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en

Pergamon Museum, Berlin – The museum now houses three of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s collections: the Antikensammlung, Vorderasiatisches Museum, and the Museum für Islamische Kunst. The impressive reconstructions of massive archaeological structures – the Pergamon Altar, Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Mshatta Facade – have made the Pergamonmuseum famous throughout the world, with the result that it is the most visited museum at the Staatliche Museen and in Germany as a whole. https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/pergamonmuseum/home.html

Prado Museum, Madrid – an institution dating back almost 200 years and one whose origins and unique nature are largely due to the collecting tastes of Spain’s 16th- and 17th-century monarchs. Collecting at that period differed from the present day. Rather than aiming at comprehensiveness, collectors aimed to assemble as many works as possible by their favorite artists. This explains why the Prado has been described as a museum of painters not of paintings, given that its artists are represented superlatively with, for example, the largest holdings of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, some numbering more than 100 works. https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection

Pinacoteca de Brera, Milan – The Pinacoteca di Brera is the main public gallery for paintings in Milan, Italy. It contains one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings, an outgrowth of the cultural program of the Brera Academy, which shares the site in the Palazzo Brera. https://pinacotecabrera.org/en/

Vatican Museum, Rome – displaying works from the immense collection amassed by the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html

La Galleria Nazionale, Rome – founded in 1883 on the initiative of the then Minister Guido Baccelli and is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/La-Galleria-Nazionale

Uffizi Gallery, Florence – It is famous worldwide for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish). Moreover, the Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures. https://www.uffizi.it/en/the-uffizi

Asia

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul – Since opening its door in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea has lived through the history of Korean art. In the process, MMCA established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art. https://www.mmca.go.kr/eng/

National Museum, New Delhi – also known as the National Museum of India, is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds a variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. It functions under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India http://ngmaindia.gov.in

Central & South America

MASP, São Paulo – The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is a private not-for-profit museum founded in 1947 by business mogul and patron of the arts Assis Chateaubriand (1892–1968), becoming the first modern museum in the country. Chateaubriand invited Italian art dealer and critic Pietro Maria Bardi (1900–1999) to direct MASP, and Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) to conceive the architecture and the exhibition design. With the most important collection of European art in the southern hemisphere, MASP’s holdings currently consist of more than 11 thousand artworks, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, videos and pieces of clothing from various periods, from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. https://masp.org.br

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City – The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House for the structure’s cobalt-blue walls, is a historic house museum and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It is located in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City. https://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/en/the-blue-house/