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Goodbye Boredom, Museums that Offer Virtual Tours

Nothing better than exploring history and culture by visiting one of the top museums in the world! Unfortunately, not everybody has the chance, or maybe you have, but you suddenly find yourself locked inside the house! Don’t worry, you just found the solution! Check this list of museums that offer virtual tours.

Goodbye Boredom, Museums that Offer Virtual Tours

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Louvre Museum, Paris

Ah, the Louvre, the biggest and most visited museum in the world! With a collection of over  380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art on display, the Louvre is a dream for any history or culture lover.

Bear in mind that to visit the museum fully, you would need at least two days, but for those of you who prefer, or don’t have options to go there, don’t worry.

The Louvre Museum now gives you the chance to visit some of its rooms and galleries without even leaving your home! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the virtual tours from the comfort and safety of your home!

And if you want to know most about the Louvre masterpieces, don’t forget to check our list of the best artworks to see at Louvre.

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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Located in the heart of Paris, alongside the Seine River, the Musée d’Orsay has the biggest collection of impressionist artworks in the world. Among the objects on display, there are pieces from famous artists, such as Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh.

It is considered one of the best museums to visit in Paris, but if you are not to get there, don’t worry.

With this virtual tour, you are able to explore the museum fully and admire its amazing collection, and the main highlights of the Musée d’Orsay.

British Museum, London

The British Museum is the most visited museum in London and houses a collection of over 8 million objects preserving the history and culture of humankind across 2 million years.

Among its masterpieces, there are important objects such as the Rosetta Stone, and the Elgin Marbles, both controversial pieces, extremely important to the history of the world. So if you want to learn more about the ancient world, and our ancestors, they are a must.

There are many other masterpieces in the British Museum worth visiting though.

For those of you, curious cats locked at home, don’t worry, here is the virtual tour to enjoy inside the British Museum from a distance.

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The National Gallery, London

For those visiting London, it is impossible not to notice the beautiful building that houses the National Gallery, located in one of the most visited squares in London, Trafalgar Square, famous for its column and huge lion statues.

The collection focuses especially on Italian Renaissance Art and French Impressionism, and displays over 2,000 paintings, organized in four chronological sections. If you are in London, the entrance is free, but also free is its virtual tour.

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Vatican Museums, Vatican City

One of the biggest museums in the world, located in the smallest country in the world! Vatican Museums is a complex of different museums located in the same compound. Founded by Pope Julius II, and with over 20,000 on display across 54 galleries, the museum now offers a virtual tour.

The most famous piece of the Vatican Museums is, without a doubt, the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. The chapel is always crowded, for obvious reasons, but the virtual tour gives you the possibility to be alone with the beautiful walls in the Sistine Chapel virtual tour.

For more information about other artworks, check this list of top artworks to see in the Vatican Museums.

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Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Uffizi Gallery occupies the first and second floors of a beautiful building built between 1560 and 1580 in the heart of Florence. Its collection displays paintings and sculptures covering from Middle Ages to the Modern period.

Among the famous artists whose artwork is on display here are Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Take this virtual tour to visit the Uffizi Gallery from the comfort of your couch.

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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum displays the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the world, which includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 700 letters from the artist. Since its opening in 1973, the museum became one of the most popular museums in the world.

Due to world events, the Van Gogh museum had to close its door to visitors, however, it now gives you the possibility to visit each artwork from home, in this virtual tour.

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. It is one of the top tourist attractions in the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam’s Museum square. The museum has a collection of over a million pieces of art and history, 8,000 of them, on display, covering from the year 1200 to 2000.

You can now take a virtual tour here to see artworks of famous artists, such as  Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, and others.

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Pergamonmuseum, Berlin

Pergamonmuseum is the most popular museum in Berlin, located on Museum Island, and houses world treasures such as the Ishtar Gate, the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon, and the Pergamon Altar, a Hellenistic masterpiece that gave the name of the museum.

All these pieces and many others can be seen in this virtual tour.

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Belvedere, Vienna

Belvedere is one of the leading museums in the world, housed in a Baroque palace built to be the summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, its collection covers from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Among the highlights is the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, which includes the famous art piece The Kiss.

Don’t miss the chance to see all its collections here on the virtual tour.

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Acropolis Museum, Athens

Housing the precious artifacts found by the archaeologists in the Acropolis archaeological site, and other ruins in Athens, the Acropolis Museum is one of the top tourist attractions in Athens and is a must for those willing to learn more about ancient Greek history.

If you can go there to see it firsthand, don’t worry, here is a virtual tour for you.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Also known as “The Met”, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the biggest art museum in the US, with a collection of over 2 million works, and the third most visited museum in the world.00

Its collection covers from classical antiquity to modern art, divided into three different buildings and locations. They can all be visited from the comfort of your home on this virtual tour.

National Museum of Natural History, Washington

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is, without a doubt, the most popular national history museum in the world. The museum houses over 145 million specimens, from plants and animals to minerals and meteorites.

From dinosaurs to human artifacts of ancient civilizations, here you will be able to learn more about the history of our planet and its species, since the very beginning. Take a look at this virtual tour.

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MASP, São Paulo

The MASP museum is housed in a building that is a masterpiece by itself. Built by the most famous Brazilian architect of all time, Oscar Niemeyer. This was the first art museum I ever visited in my life and the one that aroused my passion for museums.

The iconic building houses the largest and most important collection of western art from Latin America, with important artworks from Brazilian artists such as Candido Portinari, Anita Malfatti, Di Cavalcanti, and European artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Modigliani, etc.

To see the artwork, check out this virtual tour.

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