Travel comes in many forms, and today’s technology makes it even easier to explore the world without leaving home. When it’s just not possible to be there in person, you can still experience world-class museums wherever you are. Here’s our round-up of museums around the world you can virtually visit.
Described as a museum of the world, for the world, the British Museum is home to two million years of history. But the museum has also embraced technology. Half of the eight million objects in the collection are catalogued on their website, ready to be explored. If you don’t want to go searching, choose a curated collection – from animals to Africa – filled with fascinating stories behind unique objects.
Use this time to brush up on your art history. The Met has an interactive timeline stretching from 8000 BC to present day, filled with images and essays. They’ve also got hundreds of art books to download for free. Get started with their top 10 recommendations, from Japanese miniature sculptures to the art of Easter Island.
Trying to educate and entertain your kids? The Van Gogh Museum has a series of online activities for all ages, from cartoons to lesson plans. Or, if it’s time to take a break from the screen, print out their free Van Gogh colouring pages.
Experience the world’s most famous painting in a new way with the Mona Lisa virtual reality app (Google Play, App store). Or discover the hidden gems of the Louvre – each day the museum highlights their Artwork of the Day.
Go behind the scenes at the Getty through a series of fascinating videos, from how mummification works to how ancient artefacts are restored, as well as hundreds of talks and podcasts on art, architecture, history and science.
Even more museums
See the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel without straining your neck or battling the crowds, thanks to a series of virtual tours. Or, if you want to explore even further, Google Arts & Culture gives you access to 1,200 museums around the world, including the Anne Frank House, the State Hermitage Museum and the Guggenheim. View artwork and objects close up, learn more about their history or just wander virtually through the museums, reminding yourself that one day soon you’ll be able to visit in person.
Looking for more inspiration? Hundreds of museums, including the Walt Disney Family Museum, Tate Modern and the American Museum of Natural History are sharing treasures from their collections on social media using the hashtag #MuseumsfromHome.