Do you miss strolling through long corridors of galleries, full of beautiful art works that take your breath away? Well, we do too.
Although, nothing will replace the actual visit to a gallery, there are some pretty good alternatives. Some of the most prestigious museums in the world open their doors online. May it be in form of online archives of their collections or a virtual tour through the premises – you can “visit” galleries without even leaving your home.
Here are some of the top art museums to get lost in (virtually).
1. The State Hermitage Museum
Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, The State Hermitage Museum is the second-largest art museum in the world (following Louvre). The collection includes over 3 million works of art and artefacts. You can take a digital tour through its 7 museum complexes, its nearest surroundings and several exhibition projects. Quite often you will find detailed information about displayed items.
2. Museo del Prado
In the heart of Madrid, Spain, you will find one of the finest collections of European and Spanish art, dating from the 12th to the mid 20th century. On the museum’s website you can take a closer look at Prado’s works of art and read their background stories.
It is worth mentioning that Museo del Prado, alongside with Reina Sofía Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, form the Golden Triangle of Art. These two museums as well display extensive parts of their collections online. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has quite a broad range of artworks in terms of style and periods, whereas Reina Sofía Museum focuses mainly on the 20th century art.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection
Reina Sofía Museum https://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection
3. Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)
The New Yorker Museum of Modern Art has one of the world’s major collection of modern and contemporary art. Zoom into art works to get inspired by our contemporaries.
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art accommodates more than 2 million works and is therefore the largest art museum in the United States. Their online offer is quite diverse. You can take a closer look at exhibition items, listen to tour guides or get inspired by other artists and their museum experiences.
5. The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has one of the most beautiful collections of Italian masterpieces. Amongst the exhibited artists you will find names such as Botticelli, da Vinci, Caravaggio and Raphael. Online you can discover fascinating background stories about each of the major works of art.
And for those who cannot get enough of the art world – check out the project “Google Arts and Culture”. There you can view countless works of art and cultural artefacts in high-resolution images and videos, read about various styles and techniques as well as learn about different art movements. Moreover, you can take a virtual stroll through a lot of museums and art galleries around the world. Amongst those are, for instance, The British Museum, Van Gogh Museum, The State Russian Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest and The Musée d’Orsay.
Enjoy! And share your experience with us.
Author: Katharyna Schuhmann