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How to see the best art in the world from your living room

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 18, 2020

Just because you’re quarantined doesn’t mean you can’t get your culture fix.

Seeing art from the comfort of your own couch has never been made easier. Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. 

Here are the ones that stood out to us, but head over to the Google Arts & Culture collection of museums to see them all.

 

British Museum, London

The British Museum is an iconic institution located in the heart of London. Virtual visitors can now tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

 

 

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Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Guggenheim’s most notable feature is its architecture, and mainly its circular staircase. Google’s Street View feature lets you tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  features two online exhibits through Google. The first is a collection of works from the Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer, and the second goes through American fashion from the 1740s to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. 

 

 

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Musée d’Orsay, Paris

I mean, this really is a sweet deal. Save yourself a trip to Paris and instead virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Here you can see artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, and many others. 

 

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

The Pergamon Museum is one of Germany’s largest museums. Even if you can’t physically be there, you can still experience the breadth of ancient artworks that this historical museum is home to. Now you can see the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the famous Pergamon Altar (the namesake of the museum). 

 

 

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MASP, São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is 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 and experience the wondrous display for yourself!

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