10 Museums You Can Explore Virtually Around The World
Thanks to the wonders of technology, your family can tour some of the world’s best museums wherever you are, and wearing whatever you have on now. Yes, even pajamas.
Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns
Who can say they’ve toured the Louvre in their pajamas? How about exploring the Guggenheim without even leaving your couch? Now your family can — and it won’t take a head-scratching magic trick to do it! The world’s most famous museums and galleries have opened their doors virtually — so you and your kids can explore ancient artifacts, renowned pieces of art, and more without even leaving your house. Lap up some culture from Seoul to Mexico City; we promise it’s well worth the (virtual) trip!
1. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea is a world away from home (unless you live in Seoul, that is), but now you can experience this cultural hub for yourself thanks to a collaboration with Google Arts and Culture. Navigate your way around the museum’s four branches, including its Seoul location in the heart of the city, between Gyeongbokgung Palace and the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village. Explore modern and contemporary art from Korea and across the world, or go on a guided tour led by one of the museum’s curators.
2. The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexico
The National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
It contains the largest collection of archaeological and anthropological artifacts — from prehispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest — in the world. Now, The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City has opened its collection to the world. The museum teamed up with Google Arts and Culture to give people at-home access to 140 items from its incredible exhibit.
3. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
The Guggenheim is home to the world's most influential pieces of art, but the building that houses these collections is a piece of art in itself. Designed by one of architecture's greats, Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum's unique form stands proudly on the “Museum Mile” section of New York City's infamous Fifth Avenue. Now you can "walk" along the famous spiral hallways and browse the modern and contemporary art pieces on display at home.
4. The Louvre in Paris, France
The Louvre, France
You can't visit Paris without going to The Louvre, but now you can go to the Louvre without stepping foot in Paris! As one of the most visited museums in the world, beat the crowds and "walk" the hallways of this iconic glass pyramid in search of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
5. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Night at a museum, anyone? Or how about getting up close and personal with a T. rex? Now your family can do all these things in your PJs while navigating your way around the wings of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, including the Hall of Mammals, Insect Zoo, and Dinosaurs and Hall of Paleobiology. Home to over 145 million specimens and artifacts, the exhibits are nothing short of extraordinary and only deepen our appreciation for the natural world and our role in it.
6. The National Gallery in London, England
The National Gallery
In the heart of London, The National Gallery is home to 2,300 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and other European art from the 13th to the mid-20th century. Marvel at masterpieces from the likes of Van Gogh and Monet with a virtual 360-degree view of their exhibitions.
7. Osamu Tezuka Museum in Takarazuka, Japan
Osamu Tezuka Museum
Any manga or anime enthusiasts in the house? A museum dedicated to a man dubbed "the father of manga" typically sees fans from far and wide journey to the Japanese city of Takarazuka, but now you and the kids can explore the Osamu Tezuka Museum from anywhere in the world. Learn the story and history of Japan's iconic Osamu Tezuka, who created iconic manga characters like Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion.
8. NASA’s Research Center
For an astronaut in the making, it doesn't get any better than a tour of NASA's research facilities! Explore the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, where the greatest minds in NASA design and develop innovative technology to advance missions in aeronautics and space exploration.
9. Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain
Located in his hometown of Figueres, Spain, Surrealist icon Salvador Dali created the largest surrealistic object in the world: The Dalí Theatre-Museum. Today, it is dedicated to his incredible body of work, his life, and in many ways his death, as it serves as the site of the artists' final resting place.
10. National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
National Museum of the United States Air Force
It's the largest military aviation museum in the world, and now everyone can experience it for themselves. Located in Dayton, Ohio — home of the Wright Brothers and the "birthplace of aviation" — the National Museum of the United States Air Force allows your family to explore the grounds and the incredible aviation artifacts on show. From presidential airplanes to decommissioned aircraft from World War II, Vietnam, and Korean Wars, there's plenty to see and do!
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