6 of the best virtual art gallery tours

The Louvre, Paris, France credit Andrey Krav

The Louvre, Paris, France credit Andrey Krav - Credit: Getty Images

You can still get your cultural fix in lockdown, with a virtual tour of some of the world’s greatest galleries

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California credit Alexandre Fagundes

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California credit Alexandre Fagundes - Credit: Getty Images

Don’t deprive yourself of inspiration whilst we are still in lockdown (and not yet able to travel abroad). Thanks to modern technology you can get your art fix while at home by attending virtual tours of top museums and galleries from all across the world.

The Louvre, Paris

Jump on the bandwagon and go explore the world’s most visited museum this month. You can use this time to check out what makes the Louvre so famous via You Visit’s virtual online tours. You will be able to see the great Egyptian collection, the Galerie d’Apollon and the Mona Lisa all at your own pace and pleasure. Instead of dealing with the infamous overcrowding, you can get up close and personal with the artwork without queuing!

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

National Gallery, London, England credit Maui01

National Gallery, London, England credit Maui01 - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Make your way (virtually) across the pond and visit one of the best art collections in the whole of the US. With artwork dating back 6,000 years, the Getty is home to many prominent treasures in the world of art, such as Van Gogh’s Irises and Renoir’s La Promenade. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture there is a ‘museum view’ tool, which means you can have a peek inside the gallery spaces and view many of these wonderous works without spending a penny on flights. There’s even a clickable artwork option that gives you additional information about the origin of these pieces, so you won’t leave your tour without learning something new.

Vatican Museums, Rome

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Now is your chance to see the grand Sistine Chapel at one of the world’s most exquisite museums and you can do it all from the comfort of your living room. Visit the Vatican Museum in Rome through the museum’s very own online selection of 360-degree images. Explore all the incredible murals and tapestries on display inside, and then go outside and take a virtual wander around the rest of Vatican City, an impressive sight with architecturally stunning buildings like St Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo.

National Art Gallery, London

Even if you can go anywhere virtually, why leave England when our very own capital city is home to an impressive collection of 2,300 paintings, drawings, watercolours and other artworks dating from the 13th to the 20th century. On your virtual tour of the National Art Gallery you can visit all seven exhibition spaces and thanks to an awe-inspiring 360-degree view get a real feel for the impressive space that the art inhabits.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Google Arts and Culture is here to save the day again with their virtual tour of the grand Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Their interactive tour will give you a chance to get up close and personal with every tiny detail of the art on display in this fantastic museum, giving you, no doubt, a new appreciation for the talent of the many Dutch artists featured such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea

The Modern and Contemporary Art museum in South Korea is comprised of several different sites across the country, so a virtual tour is actually a brilliant way to make sure you reach all the artwork displayed in the whole collection. The Google tour is sure to inspire some creativity in you since you can enjoy the work of great modern artists like Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik. The museum also displays work from plenty of up-and-coming artists and there’s a little something in all mediums, such as photography, print, sculpture and design.