Looking for ways to occupy your time indoors? Tour a museum or gallery virtually!
The COVID-19 outbreak and need for social distancing has forced many public spaces around the world to temporarily close their doors, but fortunately, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 1,200 museums and galleries to offer tours and exhibitions that can be viewed from the comfort of your home.
Here are 10 museums and galleries you explore online:
Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)
The AGO, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, contains more than 80,000 works spanning from 100 A.D. to the present. In addition to the collection featured on Google Arts & Culture, the gallery will also be sharing artwork on Twitter during its closure.
Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
Dinosaur skeletons, vibrant textiles, and a blue whale heart are just a few of the items on display virtually at the ROM.
Guggenheim Museum (New York)
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, with a focus on the modern and contemporary periods.
The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)
Established in 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum features art dating as far back as the 8th century. The museum’s current collection includes European paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and more.
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.)
The SAAM is home to one of the world’s largest and most inclusive collections of American art. Its online collections include Beauty and Struggle, a documentation of urban America by Latino photographers, and works by acclaimed African-American and Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis.
British Museum (London)
At the British Museum, you’ll find the famous Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, and other artifacts spanning two million years of human history and culture.
Musée d’Orsay (Paris)
The Musée d’Orsay is renowned for its Impressionist and post-Impressionist art collection, which includes works from Oscar-Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Goh.
Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
The Uffizi boasts an impressive collection of ancient sculptures and paintings, including Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece, The Birth of Venus. The gallery was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’ Medici, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)
Modern and contemporary art from Korea and overseas can be found at the MMCA. The museum also has a photography series documenting the construction and opening of its Seoul branch available to view online.
Museo Dolores Olmedo (Mexico City)
Named after Mexican businesswoman Dolores Olmedo, the Museo Dolores Olmedo is housed inside a stone structure that dates back to the 16th century. Its collection includes works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera along with more than 900 archaeological pieces from different Mexican cultures.