Just because you can’t make it out there, doesn’t mean you should miss out on a chance on some of the great works of art on display in the world’s greatest museums. We’ve put together a list of some great virtual tours, so you can enjoy these masterpieces from the comfort of your own home.
Google Arts & Culture has put together virtual tours for some of the world’s greatest museums.
Perhaps the most famous museum in the world, the Louvre museum in the heart of Paris features some of the most celebrated works of art ever put on display. The Louvre houses works ranging from ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian antiquities to the dynamic artistery of Renaissance and post-Renaissance painting.
The pièce de résistance is, of course, the Mona Lisa which you can see on a virtual tour without having to crane your neck over the crowds.
Featuring some of the finest works of the Renaissance, the Uffizi Museum is one of the most well-visited museums in Italy and the world. Some of the notable works on display include Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, a fine example of the artist’s mastery of color and the human form.
Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is the main event here, depicting the mythological origins of the Roman goddess of beauty. There’s also tons more work to see, including works by Caravaggio, Titian and Rembrandt.
Originally built as a hunting chateau for the French ruler King Louis XIII, this gorgeous palace was greatly expanded by his son Louis XIV. Featuring a stunning palace, gardens stretching as far as the eye can see, and beautifully crafted fountains, it stands as a powerful example of kingly power and opulence.
On this virtual tour, you can explore the famed Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, ending World War I.
The collections of the Vatican Museums have been built up for centuries, which make it not only a stunning display of fantastic art, but of history as well. It features the work of the Renaissance’s leading features, such as the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, painstakingly painted by Michelangelo over four years.
Normally, you’ll have to beat the crowds to see these beautiful masterpieces, but on these virtual tours you’ll be able to see them in stunning detail and intimacy.
An entire museum devoted to the Netherlands’ finest painter, and a foundational figure in the history of modern Western art, the Van Gogh museum tells the story of the haunted artist who made these fantastic paintings.
It features his most famous works, including his vibrant yellow Sunflowers, the haunting Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat and the influential Bedroom in Arles. As you make your way through the virtual collection, it’s easy to see why the artist’s work has had such a profound impact on the world of painting.
Want to see them in person?
If these virtual tours pique your interest, then you have to see them in person. We run guided tours to the Louvre, Uffizi, Vatican and Versailles with skip the line access, so you won’t have to wait to see the great works inside.