Need a break from the news? Immerse yourself in the beauty of van Gogh, Michelangelo and Monet. Art lovers have access to paintings, frescoes and sculptures with virtual tours that are presented by various methods including videos, detailed photos, slideshows and even Google’s “street view” inside certain museums.
Rijksmuseum’s YouTube page has videos about their current exhibitions, but recently started a series called, #Rijksmuseumfromhome in which their curators who are working remotely, share commentaries on some of their favourite pieces while they work from home.
The Vatican Museums offer 360-degree tours which come in particularly handy for viewing the Sistine Chapel. There is also a personal tour guide that walks you through St. Peter’s Square as well as the basilica.
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to display its collection of “crystal” easels in which paintings appear to be floating in an open space.
Navigate the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which houses 65,000 works of art via Google’s street view. The museum also has a film program that it has taken out of the cinema and moved into the digital world by offering ‘access to unique films’ online with its “Movie Nights” initiative.
This is just a sampling of what is available, for an extensive choice of virtual visits, have a look at Google Arts & Culture - they are working with over 2,500 museums worldwide.