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7 Virtual Visits to Famous Museums 


Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Just because you're stuck at home all day doesn't mean your thirst for art and culture has to take a hit. You may not be able to visit a museum, but the museums are coming to you. In the midst of social distancing, many have launched online exhibitions and virtual tours. So snuggle up on your couch, open your laptop, and immerse yourself in one of the digital experiences below.

1. The Louvre


From a look at artists' relationships with myths and legends, to an up-close look at the Mona Lisa, the world's largest art museum features virtual tours of seven exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities and the Remains of the Louvre's Moat.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City

The Met features an extensive variety of virtual options, including events and 26 online exhibits, including a timeline of 5,000 years of art history. And although the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can also get a first look at the Costume Institute's 2020 exhibition, now scheduled to open in October.

3. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Washington D.C.

Wind through the museum room by room with the Smithsonia's 360-degree interactive tour, exploring artifacts from the ice age, deep in the ocean, prehistoric times and more.

4. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Los Angeles

With works of art dating from the eighth through the 21st century, Los Angeles's premiere gallery has teamued up with Google Arts & Culture to offer six online exhibits , including "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," which explores food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and "Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well," which takes a closer look at images of death in the Middle Ages.

5. The British Museum


History is connected with this interactive virtual tour that explores ancient Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceana. Don't miss the Rosetta Stone!

6. Museum of Fine Arts


Art and fashion meet with 16 virtual exhibits including 20th Century Designer Fashion, Fashion Photography and Fashion Through the Ages.

7. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Santa Fe

Named for the 'Mother of American Modernism," explore six virtual exhibits through Google Arts & Culture that showcase some of the artist's greatest works, broken down by themes such as "Plants," "United States" and "Mammal."