You can still tour museums – from your living room
We offer a list of national treasures online where you can shop for gifts, too.
Even in the absence of a crisis, museums are refuges of calm and contemplation; in these anxious times, they are more needed than ever. ❚ But most museums and art galleries are now closed because of the coronavirus, and we’re all stuck at home for a while, so what to do? The answer: virtual tours. ❚ As it happens, Google Arts and Culture partnered with more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their collections and spaces, way before the coronavirus pandemic.
You could spend hours here traveling the world – or even just museumclogged New York City.
Purists will say nothing substitutes for actually seeing a work of art or an artifact in person – especially not peering at it in pixels on a small screen. And the purists are right.
But these are not pure times, and even without a pandemic, plenty of people are unable to travel to see the world’s treasures in person.
So a virtual tour, especially when it’s offered through in- room settings, is better than no tour at all.
You’d rather be shopping? Keep in mind, almost every museum now offers delectable gifts and art through online shopping.
Here are some to try in the United States:
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
The nation’s premier people- owned art museum lists over 42,000 artworks online, and two special “exhibits”:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City's physical space is closed, but it offers a wide variety of virtual tours.
Former President Barack Obama stands with his and former first lady Michelle Obama's portraits in February 2018 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C.