Take a tour of Paris’s Louvre, transport yourself to renaissance Florence or explore New York City's Museum of Modern Art, all without leaving your own home.
Modern technology means you can now explore some of the world’s greatest museums and art galleries virtually. No queues, no expensive museum cafes and no tired legs. Here are some of the best.
The Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands located in Amsterdam, is a treasure trove of masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, such as the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt's Night Watch.
Its 80 galleries hold 8,000 works of art that tell the story of 800 years of Dutch and global art and history. You won’t just find paintings; there are also sculptures, archaeological artefacts, clothing and more. Take a virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum.
The Guggenheim, Spain
Even if you’ve never visited this gallery in Bilbao, Spain, you may be familiar with its famous shiny wrap-around metallic exterior. In fact, it’s generally considered one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings.
It is far more than just a shiny shell, though. As you’ll see when you take an interactive tour of the Guggenheim, this museum is home to a large and impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.
The British Museum, UK
Some of the best museums and galleries in the world are on home turf.
The British Museum in London offers virtual visitors the chance to discover two million years of human history and culture. In fact, it claims to be the world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View.
You can go on virtual visits to more than 60 galleries and see highlights like the Rosetta Stone in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery.
The Louvre, France
Ever fancied stepping inside the pyramid marking the entrance to this famous gallery in Paris? Well, now you can take your own private Louvre Museum tour from your home.
Musée d’Orsay, France
While you’re in (virtual) Paris, why not also take a pitstop at the Musée d’Orsay?
The museum is in the former Orsay railway station on the banks of the Seine river and displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
Its collections range from paintings and photography through to architecture and sculpture.
Uffizi Gallery, Italy
Now step into Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
You’re on a virtual tour of the Uffizi gallery, which dates back to 1560 and contains some of the world's most important and famous paintings, spanning Florentine and Italian art, as well as foreign works and classical sculpture.
While you’re on your virtual wanderings, be sure to take a good look at the Uffizi’s most famous work, The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.
Museum of Modern Art, USA
Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon… you’ll be in good company if you visit New York City's Museum of Modern Art, or, MoMA.
The world-famous museum is providing a virtual look into its collection of over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings.
As well as some classics, the collection includes contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray and others.
Natural History Museum, UK
Why not head back to UK shores to finish your tour of some of the world’s best galleries and museums?
The Natural History Museum - home to a whopping 80 million specimens - is a great option for adults and children alike.
It’s worth taking a virtual tour, even if it’s just to look in awe at the giant blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling in the London museum’s entrance hall.
While travelling may not always be an option, there’s plenty of culture to experience from the comfort of your own home.