How to visit the worlds best museums from the comfort of your own home.

Monday 18th May is International Museums Day, held by the ICOM (International Council of Museums). The day celebrates and promotes museums around the world by creating unique and fun activities around a theme, which changes each year. This year’s theme is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are all stuck in our homes, probably with not much to do. And of course, our beloved museums and art galleries have closed their doors. If you are wondering what could occupy you during this boring period, how about taking a trip to the museum… virtually of course!

This blog will show you 5 astonishing museums and art galleries from around the world, and how you can take a trip right from the comfort of your own home.

1. British Museum, London

Did you know that the British Museum is the world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View? The world’s oldest national public museum is now the world’s largest virtual museum. View more than 4500 items and go on a tour of more than 60 galleries at the comfort of your own home! https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum

2. Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Ever dreamed of a trip to France to visit one of their world-renowned museums? Well now is your chance! Virtually walk through beautiful Parisian galleries that people could only dream of visiting. Google is offering users to click their way through one of France’s most famous museums here: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris

3. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s most popular museums can now be accessed through the click of a finger. Google’s virtual tour allows you to view six floors of contemporary art from Korea and all around the world.

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-museum-of-modern-and-contemporary-art-korea?hl=en

4. The Broad, Los Angeles

One of the exhibitions at this museum is the ‘Infinite Mirrored Room’, which is described as an ‘immersive experience of light and sound’. I know for sure that I would love to experience this breath-taking gallery, however, you can now enjoy these twinkling, reflective lights with an equally amazing soundtrack right at the comfort of your own home.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmql00Mj9v8UFyoRLXawG7hOLbpWnUwW0

5. National Gallery of victoria, Melbourne

Are you a fan of Picasso’s work? If so, attend a virtual tour of the Picasso Museum. As well as an online catalogue of his best works, this website also offers a 360 tour of some of the best-preserved Medieval architecture in Barcelona.

http://courtyard.museupicassobcn.org/

What are you going to do for International Museum Day? Let us know on our social media: https://www.facebook.com/IQBarEducation/

Also, check out: https://artsandculture.google.com/, where you can attend more exhibitions, hunt for artefacts and go on virtual tours!