Our Favorite Virtual Museum Tours
When we can’t escape to visit incredible attractions, it’s time to take matters into our own hands and bring those attractions to us. And some of the most renowned museums are allowing you to do just that with free virtual tours. Whether you’re revisiting your favorite museums or checking them out for the very first time, you’ll love wandering the halls and viewing some of the most famous works of art and artifacts in the world.
Here are some of our favorites:
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Once a railroad station built to host travelers for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the Musée d’Orsay is itself a work of art. Inside you’ll find a distinct variety of French art that includes everything from paintings and sculptures, to photography and furniture. Some of the highlights include paintings by the French greats Renoir, Monet, Degas, and Cézanne.
The Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Guggenheim Museum is considered one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s biggest masterpieces. The virtual tour lets visitors explore the building’s famous spiral staircase, as well as an impressive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary works.
The British Museum, London
The largest indoor space on Google Street View, The British Museum offers more than 60 galleries with highlights that include the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery, the Rosetta Stone, and works of art from the old Masters, including Michelangelo. You can also tour the museum, learn facts, and listen to educational content at the museum’s own virtual gallery website.
The Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Set in a historical building designed by famed architect, historian, and painter Giorgio Vasari in 1560, the Uffizi was originally an office space Florentine magistrates and houses the vast art collections donated by the Medici family. The virtual tour showcases works from the Middle Ages all the way to modern art, with highlights that include the iconic artists Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Hosting a huge variety of works, the California’s J. Paul Getty Museum includes everything from medieval illuminated manuscripts and ancient sculptures to decorative arts, famed paintings (such as Vincent van Gogh’s Irises), and modern photography.
MASP, Sao Paulo
Brazil’s first modern museum, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo displays its hard in a uniquely breathtaking manner. The pieces are suspended on clear Perspex frames, which gives the illusion that the artwork is simply hovering in the air. The museum is home to an internationally-recognized collection of European and Brazilian art, as well as smaller collections of African and Asian pieces.
These are just several of our favorites—there are so many more museums to explore while you’re at home. And once it’s time to travel again, Liberty Travel will be here to help you make some of these virtual tours come to life.