10 Free Virtual Museum Tours You Can Take Right Now (No Headset Required)
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Even though restrictions have been lifted, some people are still hesitant to travel. You can still see some fantastic art without having to get on a plane.
These 10 international museum tours are available today and they are free. Each experience has a 3D component but are not exclusively AR or VR, so feel free to check them out on your desktop or mobile device!
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1. Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida Although Dali was considered the father of surrealism, he helped push for other art styles to be more well known including pointillism, futurism, impressionism and cubism. The museum dedicated to his life and works is available to jump right into in 3D from your desktop or mobile device.
2. La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, Italy This remarkable collection has over 20,000 artworks and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations of Italian art, perfectly documenting Italy between the XIX and XXI centuries. Visit the online gallery and take a virtual tour of the incredible grounds.
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3. National Gallery Museum in London, UK This beautiful museum houses Great Britain's national collection of European paintings. It also celebrates contemporary artists with artist-in-residence programs, bridging the gap between the old and the new. The museum has a variety of virtual tours available through digital, mobile or a virtual headset. Take your pick!
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4. The Palace Museum in Beijing, China This museum has an incredible collection available for a room-by-room virtual experience. This is one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese artifacts and is housed in the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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5. Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia Even though this is not the largest museum in the world, it still holds a staggering 3 million pieces of artwork from the western European Middle Ages. If someone was to spend a minute per piece 8 hours a day, it would take 15 years to see everything. This museum was also once home to the Russian royal family for almost 200 years.
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6. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC Visitors can take a self guided virtual tour of specific exhibits room by room. The experiences can be viewed via desktop or mobile device. A major perk? Visitors can see past exhibits that are no longer on display. Check the page for tips to better view the experience.
7. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in Jersey City, New Jersey This museum begins immediately as a virtual tour and it brings you in right away! Ellis Island is where many immigrants first touched base coming to the United States. The region carries cultural significance for our nation and has been moderately preserved to walk visitors through the steps as new immigrants. The massive compound, which includes a hospital and administration building, is now mostly abandoned.
8. The Met Museum in New York City, New York This infamous museum gets about 6 million visitors a year. They created a series of 360 interactive videos that allow users to tour the museum virtually. Enjoy the neoclassical architecture and design at the Met by visiting these virtual exhibits
9. Anne Frank Annex Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands This historical and tragic landmark had been preserved for decades in Amsterdam. For those curious but can’t make the trek, there is a VR experience available on Oculus headsets here. Each 3D item was meticulously created to recreate an authentic experience of what the home was like.
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10. The Broad in Los Angeles, CA
This contemporary art museum has about 2,000 artworks from 2,000 artists including work by Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. It opened in 2015 and has quickly become a destination for fans of pop culture.
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