VIRTUAL ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
You may not be able to visit your favourite art gallery or museum in person right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what’s inside. In fact, many galleries and museums all over the world are opening their virtual doors for people to come in and explore their fantastic masterpieces. Many are offering virtual tours for free, so get ready to immerse your self in art and culture.
If you’re craving a cultural fix, The British Museum has come up with a host of stimulating online tours. Check out the virtual ‘look’ around their stunning ‘Oceania’ collection of art and artefacts across this vast region—from Australia to New Guinea and the many South Pacific islands.
The Museum of London has taken a deep dive into the capital’s ancient past with a ‘timeline’ series of galleries, showcasing London’s evolution—from before Roman times right up to the present day.
It’s not often you get busy tourist hotspot, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, all to yourself! Enjoy a private, 360 degree virtual tour of this iconic building and all its beautiful exhibits.
The Natural History Museum’s guided tour, ‘Making Natural History’, is an interactive experience in which Museum scientists recount a series of key scientific discoveries using objects from their collection.
Discover 4.5 billion years of natural history by enjoying Sir David Attenborough’s audio guide to Hintz Hall in London’s Natural History Museum. The iconic environmental activist will guide you through the specimens and exhibits in Hintz Hall.
Now you can visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art without hopping on a plane! With detailed images and descriptions of each exhibit, this online tour is a feast for the eyes.
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is offering a close-up, 360 degree view of all the exhibitions and Jewish artefacts on display.
No one does art quite like the Dutch masters, which is why The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has introduced a range of online tours, showcasing their world famous collections.
The State Hermitage Museum, housed in The Winter Palace in St Petersburg, is one of the most famous museums in the world. Get a 360 degree look around this beautiful building and its host of inspiring galleries.
Discover what goes on behind-the-scenes at London’s National Gallery with this exclusive collection of staff interviews, art restoration projects and more!
The iconic Victoria & Albert Museum in London opens its virtual doors to reveal just what it takes to put on an exhibition—and it’s no mean feat, that’s for sure!
Botanical buffs out there will love The Natural History Museum’s online exhibition, featuring artwork from Captain James Cook’s first Pacific ‘Endeavour’ voyage. Marvel at original botanical drawings and engravings prepared by Sydney Parkinson aboard the Endeavour, as well as some which were completed after his death by a number of British artists.
Get your fill of dinosaur facts and explore the history of these prehistoric beasts, with a range of entertaining videos and quizzes, courtesy of London’s Natural History Museum.
The Bank of England is opening its virtual vaults to showcase a collection of historical objects, including banknotes, artworks, coins and sculptures, which illustrate the history of this famous financial institution.
London’s landmark National Gallery has opened up its collection to view on its website; enjoy a leisurely browse of over 2600 paintings, or search for your favourite artist.
Click www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/search-the-collection to access.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as The Met, wants to continue to provide access to the arts and learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out their digital digest to find out what’s available.
Click www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2020/digital-digest to access.
New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art has put their entire collection online. That’s over 25,000 works of art for you to explore!
Click www.whitney.org/collection/works to access.
The Louvre in Paris has plenty to enjoy online. Search their collection or take a virtual tour around the gallery. Search the collection...
Click www.louvre.fr/en/moteur-de-recherche-oeuvres to access.
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Click www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne to access.
On The Tate website, home to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern galleries in London, as well as Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, you can explore over 78,000 works of art from all four galleries.
Click www.tate.org.uk to access.
Browse a large number of artworks on display at the world famous Guggenheim Museum in New York. Along with each painting is information about the painting, artist and even the dimensions of each picture.
There’s something for everyone at online The National Gallery in London, which offers 3 different types of virtual tours—from Renaissance masterpieces to The Sainsbury Wing and a tour dating back to 2011 showing 300 top paintings in 18 of their rooms.
Take a look at some of the highlights of the Wallace Collection–the art collections of the first 4 Marquesses of Hertford. Highlights are an outstanding collection of 18th Century French paintings plus British arms and armour. A feast for the eyes!
The legendary Uffizi Gallery in Florence has opened up its virtual doors to display some of their very best pieces, including Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ and Raphael’s ‘Woman with a Veil’.
The world renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) has a host of their exhibits to look at online, along with details about each piece together with further links to that artists or similar pieces. Definitely worth a look.
Art In Isolation
The experience of being isolated can manifest in many different ways, as we are all unique. This collection of art, either done by artists in isolation or by artists depicting it, provides an insightful and fascinating look into our own human condition.
The Tate Britain is running a timely online exhibition exploring artists who created pieces of work during periods of isolation from society.
The team at Elephant Art have pulled together a number of works depicting isolation through the eyes of different artists. Ranging from paintings to pieces of music, all pieces come with an explanation!
For those of you who want to learn a bit more about artists and the world of art, we’ve collated a fantastic collection of art talks for you to enjoy—from art collectors to art dealers and more.
In May 2018, Christie's New York hosted the “auction of the century”, selling David and Peggy Rockefeller's extensive art collection, raising a record-breaking $832 million—the highest total ever for any single auction and the most significant charitable auction in history. In this video, David Rockefeller and his wife, Susan, lift the lid on their family’s philanthropy.
The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world for contemporary art is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers. Here, Michael Shnayerson and mega-dealer, Marc Glimcher of Pace, discuss the meteoric rise of contemporary art.
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