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12 Museums and Galleries You can Tour without leaving Your Home

Technology is amazing. With so many of us home bound, several institutions and organisations around the world are teaming up with Google Arts and Culture to present everyone virtual tours and exhibitions of some of the world's most renowned places.

Without having to leave your bed or sofa, you can now visit any of these world-famous museums and galleries such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the British Museum in London. at your own leisurely pace. Enjoy!


1. The British Museum, London

Located in London's once most fashionable residential areas, the British Museum houses an impressive collection of world art and artifacts. Take a virtual tur around the Great Court and its iconic glass and steel roof - the largest covered square in Europe. Then visit cultural treasures such as the Rosetta Stone and an original Easter Island statue.


2. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's unique corkscrew design allows visitors to travel up its spiralling ramp and enjoy its collection of art in one continuous, unbroken journey. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is home to an ever growing collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art.


3. Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Once a Beaux-Arts railway station on the banks of the Seine, the Musee d'Orsay is now easily one of the biggest art museums in the Europe. Embark on a virtual wander of the impressive art-nouveau building and you can admire a vast array of French art from 1848 to 1914, including masterpieces by Monet, Cezanne and Gauguin.


4. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

As one of Korea's only museums dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art, MMCA is spread over four buildings, nestled in Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. You can take a tour of MMCA Seoul from the comfort of home right in the heart of South Korea's capital. It spans across six floors allowing you to take its colleciton of global Contemporary art from Korea and beyond.


5. Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Berlin's famous cultural hub Museum Island is where you can find the Pergamon Museum, one of Germany's largest museums. Here, you can explore the ruins of ancient monument buildings excavated from all around the world such as its namesake, the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and Market Gate of Miletus.


6. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Over 8,000 objects of art and history from the years 1200 to 2000 sit on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This is in fact just a fraction of the museums's collection of 1 million objects. Look out for iconic artworks from the Dutch Golden Age by notable painters such as Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt.


7. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

California's J. Paul Getty Museum offers a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens and views of LA from its collection of art. It's home to works going as far back as 8th through the 21st century and includes European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and European, Asian and American photographs.


8. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Uffizi Gallery is the legacy of the art collection of Florence's ruling house of Medici. The U-shape design of the building is home to works by Renaissance Old Masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli and Titian. The building was originally constructed to house the administrative and judiciary office. Uffizi means offices in Italian.


9. Museum of Art of São Paulo, Brazil

Brazil's first modern museum was designed by Lina Bo Bardi. Its floating design is mirrored in its internal art displays with its collection of artworks suspended in perspex frames that make it look like the canvases are hovering above the ground.


10. National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City


At the center of this museum is a huge pond beneath its vast square concrete structure supported by a single pillar known as el paraguas or the umbrella. There are 23 exhibit rooms displaying treasures including Mayan civilization artifacts, the Stone of the Sun and giant stone heads that were found in the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz.


11. Palace of Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII's old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682. A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution.


12. Tokyo National Museum, Japan

The Tokyo National Museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries. The museum also conducts research and investigations concerning its collection of books, rubbings, and photographs, related to fine art, and makes these items available to scholars.

Not being able to travel shouldn't stop you from seeing and enriching yourselves with the arts and cultures of the world. Furthermore, Learning about the collections in these places in advance will enhance your experience when you actually do get the chance to visit them in future!


Check out over 1,200 other international museums on Google Arts and Culture - explore the full collection here. Or search by country to see museums in your area by navigating around the world map, here.


Source: Google Arts and Culture

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