In Coronavirus Quarantine? You Can Virtually Tour These Museums From Home
Topline: Major museums are shutting their doors in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic- but thanks to the internet, you can explore some of the world's best art institutions without breaking your at-home quarantine.
With all of Italy's museums and galleries shut until at least April as part of the country's coronavirus crackdown, the 16th-century halls of The Uffizi Gallery are available for exploring via Google Maps. One of the world's most prominent museums, its Italian Renaissance collection is unmatched.
London's Tate Modern is known for its collection of modern and contemporary art spanning from 1900 to the present day work. Since 2000, Tate Modern has been housed in the former Bankside Power Station, on the south side of the Thames- it's worth a virtual stroll of the lobby to see the creative ways the museum utilizes the space.
Housed in a former railway station, the Musée d'Orsayis another museum that has shut its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, you can explore some of its collection (most of it French art dating from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries) online.
Rijksmuseumin Amsterdam is the Dutch national art museum and home to the largest collection of masterpieces by Dutch artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer. The museum counted nearly 3 million visitors in 2019, but you can check out the collection from the comfort of your quarantine.
The national museum of Mexico, Museo Nacional de Antropologíais the largest and most-visited in the country. It's best known for its vast collection of pre-Columbian era artifacts from current-day Mexico, as well as those from former Mexican territory in the southwest U.S.
It may have opened just more than 10 years ago in 2009, but the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, is home to archaeological artifacts spanning from nearly 5,000 years ago found on the nearby Acropolis, home to the Parthenon - both the ruins and the neighboring museum are free to explore virtually on Google Maps.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre in Paris offers free virtual tours (Flash required) of several of its most popular exhibits online. The world's largest art museum had slowly cut down the number of visitors it allows since the coronavirus began to spread before closing totally last week, but its online collections appear to be here to stay.
For more virtually reality tours of museums and cultural institutions, visit Google Arts & Culture.Full coverage and live updates on the Coronavirus