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Tour these museums from your home

Travel and flights may not be allowed, but those dreams of new cities, cultures and places don’t need to be entirely dashed. World renowned museums have been finding fun and innovative ways for us to experience history and culture at home – all just with a decent internet connection. 

Here’s our round up of all the places to get your cultural quota – all without the need to break quarantine.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Embracing the lockdown spirit, the Rijksmuseum’s virtual doors are wide open – with an interactive experience that definitely raises the bar. Explore Dutch masterpieces, like Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s Night Watch, in multimedia tours that let you listen to an audio guide (like you would in real life, ah those days)!

The Vatican Museums, Rome 
Fabulous tapestries and stunning frescoes make Vatican a holy grail for artists and amateurs alike. Enjoy all of these through interactive virtual tours and savour that most famous of sights: the Sistine Chapel.

Metropolitan Museum, New York 
The Met is, unsurprisingly, on trend with plenty to offer online. There are 360° tours, exhibitions and audio guides on their site plus more of their collection on Google Arts & Culture. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Neo-Classical Grand Hall, discover the new British Galleries exhibition or simply drool over Christian Dior gowns.

The British Museum, London
While known for housing iconic artefacts of history, like the Rosetta Stone, the British Museum’s interactive infographic, History Connected, feels ironically more like you’re glimpsing into the future. You can peruse the history of various objects on a musical timeline that stretches back to 2,000,000 BC. Yes, you read that right.

Guggenheim, Spain  
Even online this distinctive art space in the Basque country exudes a chic modernity – and it’s utterly refreshing. Set along the banks of the Nervión River, Frank Gehry’s sculptured steel building – described in the New Yorker as a ‘a fantastic dream ship of undulating form in a cloak of titanium’ – stretches out and is as worth a virtual visit as the collections of postwar American and European paintings.    

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Enjoy the largest collection of paintings, drawings and letters by the most famous of tortured artists, Vincent Van Gogh, in your virtual visit. Personally we’re finding his painting ‘Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds’ a welcome distraction from distorted faces on zoom video calls.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Also known affectionately as the ‘Gugg’, this iconic structure is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. Explore its architectural history and postmodern collections through audio guides, exhibitions and, if you’re feeling inspired, take one of their new at-home art classes.

Words Farah Ghouri

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