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Google Arts & Culture offers online tours and exhibits of hundreds of museums around the world, including several in Boston such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts.
That’s right, you can go on a virtual stroll through the lush courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and enjoy a close-up look at the paintings and sculptures in the galleries of the MFA. You can also examine the personal papers of John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Children home from school who want to check out the Boston Children’s Museum can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor, via the virtual tour on the museum’s website.
You can also take a virtual tour of the Massachusetts State House from your home, checking out the Great Hall, the Senate Chamber, the office of the Speaker of the House, and more. The tour describes nine historic spaces and “highlights paintings, sculpture, artifacts, and decorative arts commemorating the people and events that helped to shape the Commonwealth and nation.”
- The Louvre:
You don't have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the
famous pieces in the world's largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum.
- Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
- Getty Museum: Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid's must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent's most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the "Mother of American modernism."
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.
- British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you're able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
- NASA: Both Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston's app.
- National Women's History Museum: Have a late International Women's Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak
at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the
institution's 26 online exhibits.
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum's popular online exhibits include "Civil Rights Photography" — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park's arrest.
- Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
- National Museum of the United States Air Force:
You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane,
but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and
aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum.
- MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York's extensive collection is available for view online.