Amid the global crisis triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, millions of people are stuck inside their homes with limited resources and options for entertainment. For those under lockdowns, travelling is even more of a far-fetched idea. Especially for travel enthusiasts and social butterflies, it can feel as though life has come to a standstill, staying home all day with minimal or zero interaction with the outside world. Virtual museum tourk
For parents, you could have already exhausted the 101 ways to bond with your child at home. And right now, you are racking your brains for more activities to stimulate your young ones.
In such a scenario, virtual museum tours of world’s renowned museums can let you experience the art and cultures of many countries from the comforts of your home, while offering a new experience for the entire family.
Virtual Museum Tours: Best Renowned Museums To ‘Explore’ With Your Kids
The Google Arts & Culture portal is a great resource to help inculcate an admiration for artworks and cultural heritage in your children.
You can now take your children to explore over 2500 museums and galleries across the world through a series of virtual museum tours. This amazing initiative by Google offers you a much-needed respite during these difficult times by providing access to the online exhibits in these museums and a ‘street view’ that lets you saunter inside their galleries and take a deeper look of the exhibits.
It’s as if you’re right there at the scene. | Photo: Screengrab from Google Arts & Culture
The British Museum, London
The British museum is home to thousands of artefacts that allow you to dig into over two million years of human history and culture. Through a virtual tour of the grand museum, you can explore fascinating famous objects such as the Parthenon sculptures, Rosetta stone, original Easter Island statue and the Egyptian mummies.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
This stunning museum that is an architectural marvel in itself is famous for its spiralling ramp showcasing a collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary art. Explore this contemporary architecture masterpiece through Google’s street view feature here.
Take your child on one of these virtual museum tours! | Photo: Screengrab from Google Arts & Culture
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
If you want to view some of the most famous artworks by French artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin and Cézanne, then this is the place to be. Indulge in the rich collection of renowned artworks, mostly from the Impressionist era, at this impressive art-nouveau building in Paris that is sure to leave you spellbound.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Spread over four buildings at Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju, the MMCA is Korea’s pride. You can take a tour of MMCA Seoul’s expansive building that houses stunning artworks by contemporary Korean artists such as Park Su-geun, Go Hui-dong and Kim Whan-ki.
Experience a virtual museum tour at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. | Photo: Screengrab from Google Arts & Culture
With over 8000 objects of art and history dating back to 1200 A.D on display, this breathtaking museum houses some of the most iconic artworks from Dutch Golden Age such as the Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Take a virtual tour of this gorgeous building with 80 galleries and get lost in the 800 years of Dutch art and history.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
One of the largest museums of Germany, this awe-inspiring museum houses the ruins of ancient monumental buildings excavated from across the globe. Explore the spectacular ruins of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Pergamon Altar, Market Gate of Miletus and a lot more from the comforts of your home via a tour at Google.
There are many more astonishing artefacts and artworks to explore at Google Arts & Culture that you can experience while sitting safely at home. There cannot be a better way to entertain and teach children during lockdowns than taking them on a virtual tour of the world’s best museums! These countries may be off-limits due to coronavirus pandemic, but their treasured culture and history are not!