In light of the recent lockdown measures, museums everywhere are closing their doors to the public. Fortunately, they’re opening their virtual doors to their audiences instead. Many museums are offering free virtual tours of their premises, and its the perfect thing to do with this newfound supply of spare time we have. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all been watching way too much Netflix.
The Louvre allows viewers to explore their collection of Egyptian antiquities, which can be found amongst the remains of the Louvre’s Moat. Featured on the Google Arts And Culture network, the Van Gogh Museum’s tour allows people to view the artist’s paintings up close. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Museum lets you virtually stroll around each of their exhibits, while clicking to learn more about them. Even the Vatican is joining in on the fun, offering a special virtual tour that includes a 360-degree view of the Sistine Chapel.
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By offering free tours that are accessible online, these museums are providing entertainment and relief to millions of people who are stuck in their homes. But furthermore, they’re encouraging a culture of art and history that will certainly last for generations to come. The joint effort by these museums also proves that in the age of the internet, you don’t need to purchase a plane ticket to enjoy art.