Famous Museums - Online Virtual Tours
British Museum, London
- This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
- The Street View by Google feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
MASP, São Paulo
- The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
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.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- This famous American art museum features two online exhibits using Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, we have resources in print and online that we’d like to share with you and any long-term care, healthcare, or activity professionals that could benefit from arts integration. The print resources produced by the National Gallery of Art include teaching packets, many containing 11x17 in reproductions, text books, and image CDs, as well as a variety of DVDs covering artists and artistic movements. These resources are available free of charge and can be previewed here:
Individuals can order materials to be mailed to them with this form, but we also offer an affiliate program which provides the same material and connects organizations with new resources as they become available.
There are also online resources on our website. Here are a few highlights:
Process and Product
Explore activities, ideas, and artworks to learn more about the different forms of artmaking—and get inspired to create! Each unit features a video with a contemporary working artist, image galleries of works from the National Gallery's collection, an explainer that dives into the basics of the medium, and a lesson for beginner experimentation with the medium.
Resources for Virtual Learning
Including 15 Artworks to spark conversation in your virtual classroom and art activities to support your students’ emotional wellness. Explore these resources to discover conversation starters and to support your students’ sense of wellbeing.
This online learning resource covers cross-disciplinary themes with essays, images, and activities included in each module. Featuring works of art that reflect the richness and diversity of the people, places, and cultures of the United States, it will teach compelling stories of creativity, struggle, and resilience. Encourage students’ imaginative, critical, and historical thinking as they examine works of art from the country’s creation to the present day.
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National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
- Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. The virtual tour by Google takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
- As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer using visuals. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
- Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. The Street View tour by Google to view this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
The Louvre offers online virtual tours.
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.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works by means of visuals using virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
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