Virtual Museums to Visit During Quarantine

May 4, 2020 0 By Boonyawee Wongprayoon

Have you ever wanted to go to famous museums like the Louvre or the Van Gogh museum?

Today you can go to these well-known places through a virtual tour. The virtual tours were created during the spread of COVID-19. They were made to assist social distancing since the museums are closed too. During quarantine, it could be boring because we cannot go outside to explore things that what we are used to. In this day and age, almost everybody has a communication device. You can travel the world using just your phone or laptop. These tours have created such opportunities for people that might not be able to go to these museums. This is a way for museums to promote themselves too, so when they re-open again they can get patrons easier. Museums have created social media accounts for people to have easy access to information that they want to share. In this blog, I will make a list for the available museums that provide the virtual tours

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The J. Paul Getty Museum, also known as The Getty, is an art museum in California.

It has 2 parts to the museum:  The Getty Center and Getty Villa. It is located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The main museum, the Getty Center, features pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts and photographs from the 1830s to the present day from all over the world. The secondary museum, the Getty Villa, is in Malibu neighborhood and displays art from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. J. Paul Getty was an American-born English petrol-industrialists who loved collecting art and antiquities. His collection formed the basis of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Some famous paintings are in this museum for example: Claude Monet, Sunrise (Marine), 1873 and Vincent van Gogh, Irises, 1889. This virtual tour is offered by Google Arts and Culture by clicking on this link: https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/the-j-paul-getty-museum/cwFdGYSXlaOg6w?hl=en&sv_lng=-118.473493&sv_lat=34.0771277&sv_h=56.55192083260394&sv_p=18.89940861884513&sv_pid=SQiOe6lNRxGuLEN-mwxVdA&sv_z=1&fbclid=IwAR3FBamQ5_IYo9v7QN6EszmqHKLhYVKhoDXcGmpUaSBsmFAsUXmzp84kkwU to get a look inside the gallery spaces.

British Museum, London

The British Museum is located in the Bloomsbury area of London, the United Kingdom.

It is a public institution dedicated to human history, art, and culture. Its permanent collection of some 8 million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence. The museum has documents of human culture from its beginning to the present day. It was the first public national museum in the world. The museum was established in 1753 and opened publicly in 1759. The museum’s collection is largely based on the collection of Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish physician, and scientist.

The main highlight of the museum is the domed ceilings of the Great Court. It has 3,212 panes of glass and no 2 are the same. The museum offers a 360-degree view of this room and lets the viewers examine each and every one. This tour does not only have the significant glass room but also the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and other ancient wonders. The tour is also an interactive info-graphic platform that goes into depth of various objects and curators along a timeline. The museum can be visited by clicking on this link: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, shorten as MMCA, the main museum is located in Gwacheon, South Korea,

and has 3 branches in Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. The museum was established in 1969 as the only national art museum in the country accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different periods. It was founded to contribute to the development of Korean contemporary art by systemically conserving and exhibiting artworks created since 1910. The artwork in all four branches of the museum all adds up to more than 7,000 artworks. The MMCA has various art education programs including professional education programs for curators, employees of museums, art teachers, and college students. There is also a Children’s museum which is located in the main museum that offers a program for elementary students, disabled students, and students from poor neighborhoods. There is also a special support program for young artists in which the museum will provide a studio to show their arts and hold art conversations among artists and art professionals.

The virtual tour includes all 4 branches, it explores an inspiring mix of print, design, sculpture, photography, new media, and other large-scale installations. From Joseph Beuys to Warhol and Nam June Paik, the collection includes an international lineup of established artists, contemporary Korean artworks, and emerging names. Clicked on the link to start the tour: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-museum-of-modern-and-contemporary-art-korea?fbclid=IwAR3b8-iJ29y47mq4F6X09qpEMridRmr7tOhLHuNb-ieI2yDLEH0Fqqzqmd8

MASP, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Sao Paulo Art Museum, in Portuguese: Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, is recognized by the design of the building;

a 1968 concrete with glass structure designed by Lina Bo Bardi. The building is supported by 2 lateral beam that is over 74 meters long and has freestanding space beneath. This building is considered a landmark of the city. The museum is a non-profit institution founded in 1974.

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo has a very particular way of displaying artwork in their galleries: paintings are hung on crystal easels that make them look like they’re floating mid-air. The museum is internationally recognized for its collection of European art, considered the finest in all Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere. The entire collection in the museum is more than 8,000 pieces. Click on the link to get the tour: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/masp?fbclid=IwAR3pFiHppowz9ajs0LJSBUNrnW_0_nsr0hIdt4ssGf9okIbq1gyQdbTwGIQ

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, also known as NGV,

is located on St Kilda Road in the Melbourne Arts Precinct of Southbank, and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, located nearby at Federation Square. It was founded in 1861, it is Australia’s oldest, largest, and most visited museum. The art collection consists of Asian art, Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art, international art, Photography, and Prints and drawing.

The NGV has held several large exhibitions known as Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions, starting with Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay in 2004. The museum offers a virtual tour, click the link to start explore: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/channel/