Virtual Visit in 2021: TOP 10 Iconic Museums and Galleries
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We travel for different reasons; some for food, some for outdoor adventure, and some travel to experience the world’s artistic and cultural legacies in museums and galleries. If you’re one of the latter, the Coronavirus epidemic along with the travel bans and the temporary closures of hallowed art institutions came as a huge blow.
However, there’s a sliver of good news: Google has made it possible for museum-goers and just about anyone interested in arts and culture to visit many of the world’s most celebrated museums through their Google's Art and Culture collection. In addition, some museums also have their own online/virtual tour feature integrated into their respective website.
This list of our most recommended museum virtual tours can serve as a reminder that when things get better in the world, the masterpieces will be there, waiting for our visit, Blog.wego noted.
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Boasting a collection of more than two million items, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters.
Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. Its extensive collection ranges from ancient Egyptian artifacts, luminous works of Vermeer, Rembrandt and Botticelli, to its celebrated piece “Adam and Eve” by Albrecht Dürer.
2. British Museum, London
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.
The British Museum is unique in bringing together under one roof the cultures of the world, spanning continents and oceans. No other museum is responsible for collections of the same depth and breadth, beauty and significance, its official website said.
Its eight million objects allow us to explore the extraordinary diversity of human cultures, from small communities to vast empires, to discover the many forms and expressions human beings have given to every aspect of life, and to realize how closely they are interconnected.
3. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras, according to Travelandleisure.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the foundation engages both local and global audiences.
4. Guggenheim, Bilbao
Frank Gehry’s sculptured titanium and steel building, on the banks of the Nervión River, is one of the world’s most distinctive art spaces. The interactive tour takes viewers around its collection of postwar American and European painting and sculpture – Rothko, Holzer, Koons, Kapoor – and even down between the weathered curves of Serra’s Matter of Time (turn left at the entrance).
5. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
6. Le Louvre, Paris
Originally a palace/fortress for the kings of France, the Louvre is now a resilient stronghold of art and culture of the highest order. Its charges are some of the world’s most well-known works of art, namely “Mona Lisa,” “Venus de Milo” and “Winged Victory of Samothrace.” The Louvre also safeguards artifacts and objects of ancient Egyptian and medieval origins in its keep.
7. The Dalí Theatre, Spain
Located in the town of Figueres in Catalonia, Spain, the Dalí Theatre-Museum is completely dedicated to the artwork of Salvador Dalí. It features many rooms and exhibits surrounding every era of Dalí’s life and career, and the artist himself is buried here. The museum offers virtual tours of the grounds and a few exhibits, Mentalfloss reported.
8. The Acropolis Museum, Athens
The Acropolis is as much a museum as it is an archaeological excavation site. The transparent glass floor allows visitors to observe the excavation site and provides insight on how the ancient Athenians once lived their lives under the shadow of the Acropolis. While many are understandably drawn to the Parthenon, we find the painted clay tablet dubbed “Dedication to Nymphe, protectress of marriage” somewhat alluring.
9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is home to over 2 million works of fine art, but you don’t have to be in New York City to enjoy them. The institution’s website features an online collection and virtual tours of some of its most impressive pieces, including works from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Giotto di Bondone. In addition, The Met also works with the Google Cultural Institute to make even more artwork (that’s not featured in its own online collection) available for view.
10. Vatican Museums, Rome
|Soaring vaulted ceilings, intricate murals and tapestries, the Vatican’s museums are creatively rich sites. Don’t forget to look up when exploring the seven spaces in the museum’s virtual tour, to gawp at a series of 360-degree images, including the Sistine Chapel. Wander around the rest of Vatican City with a You Visit tour that takes in Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square, complete with a tour guide narrating each interactive space, Theguardian noted.|
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