Life in Covid-19 means a lot of time at home, possibly looking for something interesting to watch. Having watched fashion documentaries, it’s time to move to museums, a common topic on this blog. While it’s hard to beat the real experience of seeing artworks with your own two eyes, virtual museum tours are the best solution for now. And thankfully numerous museums from all over the world have made actions to remain in contact with individuals. Here are eleven museums offering virtual tours and online insights into some of their exhibits.
1 – Hermitage Museum
One of the world’s most incredible museums, Hermitage has stopped receiving people, but it is still available on the web. The Russian museum offers the smoothest online experience through a five-hour long stroll around the museum. Quite an experience! Additionally, you can be amused by a virtual visit to Hermitage structured according to the museum complex.
2 – Benaki Museum
Benaki Museum is one of the most important art organisations in Greece and runs several museums. Each one focuses on another aspect of art and culture, but there are deeply related to the values of the Benaki. In order to provide its services through distance, Benaki has created 360-degree virtual tours for the museums. Wander through Ancient Greece, Greek culture from prehistory to the 20th century or the gallery of the late artist, Nikos Hadjikyriakos- Ghikas.
3 – Van Gogh Museum
Located in Amsterdam, the museum is closed. Though, this does not mean that Van Gogh’s world is inaccessible. Discover the largest collection of works of Vincent Van Gogh at home. The Van Gogh Museum presents an extensive list of online options for all the fans of the artist, but I prefer the uploaded videos on YouTube. Look inside the museum through the first video below:
4 – The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)
Aiming to educate and inspire audiences, the museum remains connected with the public through several resources. Learn more about fashion in general or a specific designer, through the online exhibitions and social media channels.
5 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides a wide selection of online options in order to stay digitally open to the crowd. There is an award-winning series of six short videos putting you inside the museum. Created using spherical 360-degree technology, the videos explore spaces of the museum and provide a new experience to new viewers. Watch the first one below:
6 – Goulandris Museum (Greece)
Goulandris Museum is the newest entry in Greece, but it has already attracted a great number of Athenians who had been expecting it for years, along with plenty of tourists. The museum houses artworks from renowned Greek artists (you have heard of Moralis, Tsarouchis and Parthenis). Besides that, you will find selected masterpieces from world-known artists, such as Van Gogh, Giacometti, Picasso, El Greco and Degas. Goulandris museum has shared digital reproductions of 148 artworks, with photographs of details and acoustic guided tours. Explore the collection of the museum at home. It won’t be long till this museum becomes known outside of Greece.
7 – The British Museum
The British Museum temporarily shut its doors to visitors as a result of the global coronavirus crisis, though it has provided a list with a lot of online alternatives. Through podcasts, Google Street View and a timeline you will travel through time and discover the collections of the iconic museum.
Related article: A short visit to the British Museum
8 – Rijksmuseum
The legendary museum is in Amsterdam and it’s the largest one in the country. With 14 different multimedia tours and many routes created by users of Rijksstudio, you will feel like you are strolling through its rooms. Head on its website and be entertained by world-known artworks from Rembrandt, Vermeer and other art masters.
Related article: Inside the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
9 – Tate
I have only visited Tate Modern – three times – but I have never gone to the other venues. Though Tate seems so unpretentious, that it is easy and extremely popular with the public. You could say that visiting Tate is fundamental for art lovers. The online galleries cover all the venues (Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives) and feature permanent and temporary exhibitions. Check them for world-famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko.
Moreover, Tate uploaded a virtual tour of an Andy Warhol retrospective, which opened at Tate Modern on March 12 and ended after five days due to the lockdown measures. Available on its YouTube channel and website. Watch it below:
Related article: A visit to Tate Modern
10 – Louvre Museum
One of the largest and most magnificent museums of Europe, Louvre attracts millions of visitors every year. An insane number of 9.6 million people visited the Louvre in 2019. So, it’s fascinating that the museum offers virtual tours of some of its most important and popular exhibits. See its Egyptian Antiquities and works from Delacroix and Rembrandt from the comfort of your home. Considering that Louvre covers 60.600 square metres, the online tours are a tiny part of the museum’s collections, but they are worth a look.
11 – Victoria and Albert Museum
One of my favorite museums in London. The online collections of the museum present a wide variety of topics, covering different interests. You will find pieces from Elsa Schiaparelli, Alexander McQueen and more.
Take your pick and enjoy yourself through a virtual journey about art, fashion and culture.