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10 Virtual Museum Tours You Need to Do While You’re On Lockdown

· Emma Cooke · Culture

Marvel at world-famous artefacts from your own home.

teamLAB Borderless, Tokyo

From Paris to Amsterdam, London to New York, you can peer into the coolest museums from around the world on these virtual tours.

Stuck at home? You can still get your culture fix without stepping foot outside thanks to these virtual museum tours. Whether you’re a natural history fanatic or a modern art enthusiast, there’s something for everyone. They’re dead easy to use too – simply have a look around using 360-degree views or browse their online collections. It’s time to broaden your cultural horizons without lifting a finger.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is home to some of the most famous pieces of art ever made. They’ve teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to bring you a closer look at a collection of over two-million pieces, including the likes of Cezanne’s ‘Dish of Apples’ and Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’. To top it off, they offer specially-curated online exhibitions that explore pieces by fashion heavyweights like Coco Chanel and Christian Dior.

Take The Metropolitan Museum of Art virtual tour.



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If you want to wander the ancient streets of Pompeii without leaving your house, now’s your chance. Italyguides has created a virtual tour that allows you to explore 27 different sights in this Ancient Roman city, which was devastated by the humongous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. You can marvel at great-big amphitheatres and former bathhouses – each sight will come with a 360-degree view and a written section for each one.

Take the Pompeii virtual tour.

Park Güell

Park Guell, Barcelona

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360 Stories has created a virtual experience of Park Güell, a public park system designed by famed Catalan architect Gaudí in the early 1900s. Perched on Carmel Hill, it has views out across the Mediterranean sea, over the colourful rooftops and quirky sculptures below. All this can be seen using their panoramic walk-through, which is brought to life with a written commentary when you click on their interactive pop-ups. Prefer to listen? You can even play the audio out loud.

Take the Park Güell virtual tour.

Hull Streetlife Museum of Transport

Hull Streetlife and Transport Museum

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It may be a lot closer to home, but a virtual tour of Hull Streetlife Museum of Transport shouldn’t be underestimated. Made by Immersive Tours Ltd, it starts with a dollhouse floor-plan that gives you a clear overview of the whole museum, which is jam-packed with early 20th-century transport and a 1940’s high street. You can check out old trams, peep inside old-fashioned chemists and peer up at hanging aeroplanes as you go.

Take the Hull Streetlife Museum of Transport virtual tour.

The Louvre

The Louvre

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The Louvre in Paris is the world’s largest art museum and you can explore all its glory with an easy-to-grasp virtual tour by Youvisit. From Napoleón’s magnificent apartments to the vast art galleries that house pieces like Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Mona Lisa’, it’ll take you into each room with just a click. The palatial exterior gets just as much attention, so you can also see the iconic glass pyramid entrance in all its glory.

Take The Louvre virtual tour.

teamLAB Borderless

teamLAB Borderless, Tokyo

Created by the world-renowned art collective of the same name, teamLAB Borderless is a digital art museum in Tokyo. To see their cutting-edge installations, you can work through a series of high definition videos on their website – they pan rooms filled with hundreds of glowing lanterns, ever-changing ocean scenes and dramatic digital waterfalls. You won’t need any audio or descriptions here, just sit back and let your eyes feast on the displays in front of you.

Take the teamLAB Borderless virtual tour.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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You can see the Dutch artist’s most famous works all in one place with this Google Arts & Culture tour. The Van Gogh museum is home to over 600 of his post-impressionist pieces, from the iconic ‘Sunflowers’ to the elusive ‘Self Portrait’. Using their 360-degree view, you can identify each painting with a pop-up label by zooming in, but if you want to study his paintings more closely, select one of their listed collections on the main page.

Take the Van Gogh Museum virtual tour.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea is an absolute must for art lovers and you don’t have to be in Seoul to enjoy their collection. Using Google Arts & Culture, you can flick through visually-striking slideshows that breakdown past and present exhibitions, but that’s not all. They have panoramic ‘museum views’ of their coolest displays, so you can feel like you’re walking through the museum and experiencing the artwork, all from the comfort of your sofa.

Take the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art virtual tour.

Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History, London

The Museum of Natural History is key to London’s cultural scene and boasts millions of incredible specimens. You can check out a whole host of artefacts on Google Arts & Culture – their collection covers space, oceans and the dinosaur age, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To truly take in the grandeur of the 19th-century building, switch to the panoramic tour view – the hanging blue whale skeleton in the magnificent Hintze Hall is a must-see.

Take the Museum of Natural History tour.

NASA Glenn

If you’re interested in outer space and the exploration of the universe, why not take a virtual tour around the NASA Glenn Research Centre? Based in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s home to everything from wind tunnels to zero gravity labs. You can even get a behind-the-scenes peek into the aircraft cockpits in their hangar. The 360-degree tour lets you pan right around the facilities and there are information pop-ups you can click on to learn more about NASA’s research.

Take the NASA Glenn virtual tour.

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