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The following is a selection of art galleries around the world that offer virtual tours from the comfort of your home.
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, and take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful galleries from the comfort of your own home.
The Crawford, Cork
The Crawford Art Gallery is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. It is located in the city centre, beside the Opera House. Look through its classical rooms and view its collection from the safety of your home.
The MCA is an artist-activated and audience-engaged contemporary art museum in the centre of Chicago. Its vision is to generate art, ideas, and conversation around the creative process. Visit their Commons Online – this is a place to foster social belonging during social distancing. Join for events, discussions, and creative content every day.
Frank Gehry’s sculptured titanium and steel building, on the banks of the Nervión River, is one of the world’s most distinctive art spaces. The interactive tour takes viewers around its collection of postwar American and European painting and sculpture – Rothko, Holzer, Koons, Kapoor – and even down between the weathered curves of Serra’s Matter of Time (turn left at the entrance).
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.
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.
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.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
MOCA Jacksonville, Florida
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time. MOCA JAX smART Online provides you access from the comfort of your own home. Explore our exhibitions, listen to live interviews with artists from around the world, enjoy video art classes and fun activities for kids. MOCA JAX smART will have something for everyone!
National Gallery, London
A backdrop to London’s four lions in Trafalgar Square, the National is home to 2,300 publicly-owned paintings, watercolours, drawings and other European art from the 13th to the mid-20th century. There are seven exhibition spaces of Renaissance art and the Central Hall to explore in its 360-view virtual touring pages, from portraits to large dramatic altarpieces.
The Met, New York
No Art Museum’s tour could be complete without visiting the The Met which celebrates 150 years this month. Since its foundation it has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
Based at three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters – millions have visited it and many more take part in The Met experience online.
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