Virtual Museum Tours
The Louvre offers virtual tours on its website https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne. Once on the website, select a tour and then click the small "launch virtual tour" link in each section. Note: this virtual tour requires Flash Player and may not work on Apple devices.
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court, discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies and also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour. (Note: the tour self-launches using that link. Use the up and down arrow buttons to select the time period you'd like to visit. Each of the dots on the screen represent an item to be viewed. Once you click on the dot, a screen pops up with a photo, reading materials and in some cases, an audio tour.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. Click here: National Gallery
The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer. (Note: click on the image to make it larger for viewing. Additional art can be seen using the right and left arrows.)
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others. (Note: click on the photo at the top of the page to get started. Click on the image to make it larger for viewing. Additional art can be seen using the right and left arrows.)
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe. Click here: Seoul
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. Clikc here: The pergamonThis historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar. (Note: this is a small collection but contains clear photos of interesting sculpture to be viewed.)
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls. For the museum website, click here: Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters. (Note: scroll to the bottom of the page to see the various paintings to be viewed, and then click on each image to see the painting closer. This museum also offers terrific videos on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/vangoghmuseum)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour , click here: Getty tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs. (Note: this tour is a bit challenging to navigate however the art is spectacular.)
MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour by clicking here: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/masp?hl=en to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization. Click here: Mexico City