Visiting the best museums in the world is expensive on the one hand, and impossible on the other hand with the coronavirus pandemic. But you have the opportunity to visit them in virtual reality through your home.
Of course, a trip to different countries as well as a physical visit to its museums, is the best entertainment and at the same time educational activity. But even if you have the money, with the coronavirus pandemic, you do not have permission. But a virtual tour of the museums opens many doors to immerse yourself in the culture of world history.
For example, a virtual tour of the Louvre may not be the perfect tour, but it is equally educational and also gives you a preview of what to expect when you make a trip to France.
So check out these seven virtual tours of the world's best museums.
The popular Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is located in Washington DC and is part of the largest museum complex in the world run by the Smithsonian Institution.
A real visit would take you to a complex of 19 museums and research centers. Thanks to the virtual tour, you can spend your time and visit each of the exhibits in this huge maze. You will not have the exact feeling of standing in front of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, but you can enjoy virtual reports, which are optimized for a digital audience.
Enter the rotunda and go for a complete walk from room to room throughout the museum. Directional arrows and some controls will help guide you around the exhibits. You can also go directly to a point using the map.
If you see a camera icon, clicking on it displays the exhibit nearby. Make sure your internet connection is fast enough before you start your virtual tour.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art) is located in New York and is one of the most famous museums in the world and a landmark of the city. It houses a collection of paintings and sculptures spanning 5000 years of our culture.
The largest museum in the United States includes works of art by Vicente van Gong, Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Johannes Vermeer and other contemporary artists such as Georgia O'Keefe and Jackson Pollock.
It is impossible to see everything in one visit. Thus, the virtual tour organized in different sections, helps a lot. Explore different parts of the museums through the Met 360 ° Project and watch curated collections at MetCollects.
The museum also hosts many virtual events in which you can participate from anywhere in the world. These include storytelling sessions, art creation programs and live performances.
If you think the Smithsonian is huge, then you will be surprised to learn that the British Museum is the largest indoor space in the world of Google Street View. Located in London, it is one of the most famous museums in the world. It contains antiquities from around the world, including sculptures of the Parthenon.
There are eleven ways to explore the British Museum even when it is closed. Along with Google Street View, you will also find it at Google Arts & Culture website.
Otherwise, start with the huge dome of the museum called the Great Court. It is the largest covered public space in Europe with its impressive glass and steel roof - made of 3.212 windows.
The Louvre is located in Paris and is one of the largest museums in the world. There is also the famous statue "Victory of Samothrace". The museum's virtual tours cover various parts of the museum.
Start your virtual journey to the Louvre from the outside. See the architectural grandeur of the building and then go to the various sections that house the art objects. There are four virtual tours right now, but they are exciting.
For example, try the Egyptian Antiquities section. The small inconvenience is that some of the virtual tours are still running in Flash.
On the other hand, if you have VR glasses or even Google Cardboard, you can download the app Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass and enjoy the exemplary flashback to the career of Leonardo da Vinci.
From paintings and sculptures to huge murals, the Vatican Museum is an enjoyable museum. The home page contains many remarkable collections.
Its 360-degree virtual tour Sistine Chapel will show you what you have lost that you have not yet gone to the Vatican. There are six more 360-degree tours that you can explore with the click of a mouse. Do not miss a virtual trip to the room for Raphael.
The vaulted ceilings, the intricate frescoes and the high renaissance art will make you wonder about the genius of Michael Angelos and Raphael, among other artists of that time.
And here the tours run in Flash.
The museum itself is a work of art. The whole building is a masterpiece by architect Frank Gehry, made entirely of titanium and steel.
The site has all the descriptions of the different exhibits. Visit Google Arts & Culture for complete interactive virtualization tour of Guggenheim (Guggenheim).
Most of your virtual journey will be guided by the architectural edifice itself. This way, you can access collections of contemporary art, most of which date back to the post-war era.
The museum located in Canberra and promotes the unique culture of Australia, through various events, exhibitions and collections. You can explore the exhibits through the site or go to the corresponding Google Arts & Culture site.
Watch "Stories Explorer" as it is especially interesting if you want to learn more about the history of the Australian continent.
If you have children at home, then it is worth visiting the special craft page "Do it yourself" (DIY) on the museum website. Making a dragon puppet or a Roman soldier helmet or any other children's art toy will help keep them busy.
Use the virtual tours to learn more about the world
Of course, these are not the only museums. Almost every major museum has shared its collection online or has allowed Google Arts & Culture to host it.
And her museum Acropolis has its place in Arts & Culture. But because we consider it inconceivable not to visit of course the largest museum in your country, we did not include it in our article.