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The best virtual tours and online exhibitions of world-class museums

24 March - 2020
by Femke van Leeuwen

Visit world-class museums at home from your couch through virtual tours and online exhibitions. Now that the corona virus has been declared a pandemic, museums have had to close their doors. However, you can visit many museums via the Google Arts and Culture platform. Take a virtual tour, view collections and visit online exhibitions of the world's favourite museums. Below we highlight some of the best online visits.


Great Court British Museum © British Museum London
Great Court British Museum © British Museum London

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The British Museum, London

The British Museum in London has a large collection of world art and artefacts. Wander around the Great Court and the classic glass and steel roof and visit cultural treasures such as Rosetta Stone and an original Easter Island statue.


© Guggenheim New York
© Guggenheim New York

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Guggenheim Museum, New York

The unique corkscrew design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New Yorkwas designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The spiral design lets the visitors experience an uninterrupted museum journey. The museum continuously expands its collection of (post-) impressionist, modern and contemporary art.


Musée du Louvre © Olivier Wong
Musée du Louvre © Olivier Wong

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Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Louvre in Parisis one of the largest museums in the world. Take a visit to the various galleries and exhibition spaces of the museum. The iconic facades of the Louvre can also be viewed up close.


Musée d'Orsay © Johan Mouchet
Musée d'Orsay © Johan Mouchet

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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris was once a train station near the Seine and has grown into one of the largest art museums in Europe. A virtual tour shows you the imposing Art Nouveau building and French art from 1848 to 1914, including works by Monet, Cézanne and Gauguin.


'Home within Home' - Do Ho Suh, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, © Getty Images, foto: Jung Yeon-Je
'Home within Home' - Do Ho Suh, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, © Getty Images / Jung Yeon-Je

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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Artis one of the few museums in Korea dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The museum is spread among four buildings, including one in Seoul. A virtual tour takes you through all six floors filled with contemporary art from Korea and beyond.


Ishtar gate, Pergamonmuseum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker
Ishtar gate, Pergamonmuseum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Achim Kleuker

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Pergamonmuseum, Berlin

The Pergamonmuseum is located on the Museum Island, the cultural centre of Berlin. In this museum, you can explore ruins of ancient monumental buildings, such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Market Gate of Miletus.


Eregalerij van het Rijksmuseum © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, foto door Erik Smits
Eregalerij Rijksmuseum © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam / Erik Smits

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdamhas a collection of more than 1 million history and art objects. With such an extensive collection, there is always something to discover. Take a virtual tour and view iconic artworks from the Golden Age by painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer.


© J. Paul Getty Museum
© J. Paul Getty Museum

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The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angelesalso has a large collection. It houses works from the 8th to the 21st centuries, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, decorative arts and photographs. In addition, the museum offers unique architecture, peaceful gardens and views of Los Angeles.


© MASP / Eduardo Ortenga
© MASP / Eduardo Ortenga

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MASP, São Paulo

Lina Bo Bardi designed the architectural monument ofMASP in São Paulo: Brazil's first modern museum. The floating design is reflected in the art displays. The works of art are suspended in Perspex frames, which makes them seem to float above the ground.


Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam © Google
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam © Google

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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 

The largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh in the world can be found in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The collection consists of more than two hundred paintings and hundreds of drawings and letters. The virtual tour takes you to almost all floors of the museum without queuing for masterpieces such as "The Potato Eaters" and "Sunflowers".

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