Visit World Renowned Museums With Virtual Tours
Staying in doesn’t mean you can’t get your culture fix! Major museums around the world including Musée du Louvre, Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, along with local icons like Huntington Botanical Gardens, Hollyhock House and the J. Paul Getty Museum, are offering virtual tours you can access on your computer or mobile device. Take a digital 360 spin through their galleries, peruse high-res images, and zoom in for more details, all from the comfort of your couch! To access your virtual tours, tap or click on each museum’s name which appears in bold below. Bon Voyage!
Formerly a royal palace, Musée du Louvre has embraced the history of France for eight centuries. Intended as a universal museum since its inception in 1793, its collections – among the finest in the world – span several thousands of years and a territory that extends from America to Asia. Divided among eight departments, these collections feature works admired throughout the globe, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. With millions of visitors every year, the Louvre is the world’s most visited museum.
Locate and learn about thousands of flowers, plants, and trees in over 120 acres of stunning gardens with The Huntington Botanical Gardens botanical collections virtual tours. Tours include the Rose Garden, Chinese Garden, Camellia Collections, Japanese Garden, Conservatory, Dinosaur Plants, Mediterranean Plants, and Children’s Tour. Each tour is chock full of gorgeous photos, detailed docent narratives, maps and site plans.
The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia. The second largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. Its collections, of which only a small portion is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.Yhe collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, showcased against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The collection includes European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs.
The newly renovated Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, Hollyhock House, was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This virtual tour explores the building’s exterior and interior, with pop up notes and optional audio narration by a docent. The virtual tour was originally developed as a Virtual Accessibility Experience (VAE) to increase access to the monument, and to create immersive and inclusive experiences for visitors of all abilities.
Once a Beaux-Arts railway station on the bank of the Seine, the Musée d’Orsay is now one of the largest art museums in Europe. Take a virtual tour of the impressive Art Nouveau building and admire a vast array of French art from 1848 to 1914, including masterpieces by Monet, Cézanne and Gauguin.
The unique corkscrew design of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum allows visitors to journey up its spiralling ramp and view its collection of art in one continuous, unbroken journey. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is home to a constantly expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary Art.
Berlin’s famous cultural hub, Museum Island, is where you’ll find the Pergamon Museum, one of Germany’s largest museums. Explore the ruins of ancient monumental buildings excavated from around the world, such as the Pergamon Altar (where the museum got its name), the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus.
Photo #1: Musée du Louvre
Photo #2: Musée du Louvre
Photo #3: Huntington Botanical Gardens
Photo #4: Hermitage Museum
Photo #5: Van Gogh Museum
Photo #6: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo #7: Hollyhock House
Photo #8: Musée d’Orsay
Photo #9: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Photo #10: Pergamon Museum