Explore History while you Stay at Home

As the world grapples with the Covid-19 crisis, a growing number of countries are currently in a lockdown. As people have been advised to stay home and physically isolate to curb the spread of the virus, most are turning to the digital media for entertainment, learning and business.

While sightseeing is out of question, as popular tourist destinations and museums around the world are now closed, art lovers from around the world can now virtually explore museums and galleries from around the world and view thousands of paintings, sculptures and new art. From walk-around tours to 360 degree videos, the platforms allow the viewers to get closer to the art than in real life. Here are 5 interesting virtual museum tours that one can take while you enjoy the #LuxuryOfTime from the comfort of your home.

Le Musee du Louvre, Paris
While the world’s largest museum has temporarily shut down, there are some remarkable tours of the museum that can be accessed on the official website. While a virtual tour of the Louvre’s Moat takes one around the perimeter of the original structure, The Egyptian Antiquities showcases the collections from the Pharaonic period.

Vatican museums, Rome, Italy
The Vatican museum offers a fantastic online view of Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Viewers can also get a 360 degree tour of the collection of classical sculptures in its Pio Clementino and Chiaramonti museums. Resplendent with intricate murals & soaring ceilings, this tour leaves one wonder struck!

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Home to three million art and culture artefacts, including paintings by the 17th century Dutch artist Rembrandt, the second largest museum provides a virtual tour of its entire collection in a five hour video. The Hermitage was created in 1764 as the private collection of Empress Catherine the Great. She commanded Russian ambassadors around the world to purchase the best pieces of art they could find.

Natural History Museum, London
With cool interactive features such as a musical guide to the world, splendid graphics and an appearance from Dippy the Diplodocus, the Natural History Museum’s vast collection is a favorite among visitors. A visual treat for both kids and adults!

Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
The museum in Paris, holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Musée d’Orsay, is home to masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others. The gallery’s larger collection of works can be accessed on the Google Arts & Culture website.