Some wondrous museums you can visit from your home
Random-Times projects are all about wonder and exploration and, since many of our readers are spending time at home to stay safe and healthy, we’re highlighting ways you can travel no matter where you are.
While world governments and medical workers face to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of us (including our collaborators, of course!) staying at home.
Some public activities have paused their in-person programming as officials ask people to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
However, a growing number of institutions, including some wondrous libraries, have found ways to stoke your curiosity from wherever you are, with digital tours and livestreams. Here are a few ways to travel without venturing beyond your couch!
| Museo Galileo | Florence |
This museum is full with interesting tools, large and small, that have nudged scientific inquiry along. Wander and look at elegant astrolabes, beautiful compound microscopes, and much more.
| Musée d’Orsay | Paris |
The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first “work of art” in the Musee d’Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
| Episcopal Museum of Vic | Spain |
The Episcopal Museum of Vic house a magnificent collection of medieval art with paintings and sculpture from the Catalan Romanesque and Gothic periods. The collections of precious metals, textile, foundry, glass and ceramics offer a complete journey through the history of liturgical and decorative art in Catalonia.
| Van Gogh Museum | Amsterdam |
The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
| Rijksmuseum | Amsterdam |
The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. Its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The Rijksmuseum itself is also a masterpiece. The collection is presented in a stunning building with amazing interior design. In 80 galleries 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian. Every year, over 2.5 million visitors travel through the ages and experience a feeling of beauty and sense of time.
| Natural History Museum, London |
World Most Impressive Natural History Museum, London, exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology.
| University of Oxford’s History of Science Museum |
This museum is stocked with sundials, octants, and a whole lot more. Look at the old scientific instruments from a safe distance as you wander around this 3D tour.
| Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum | California |
Step into this San Jose museum’s 360-degree gallery tours to learn about the afterlife, alchemy, and much more.
| The Frick’s Garden Court Tour | New York |
The Frick Museum is an opulent house-turned-museum stuffed with stunning paintings and decorative arts. It’s also home to a green peaceful garden court, with leafy plants and bathed in light. Visit it in 360-degrees, and imagine you’re anywhere but your living room.
| Vancouver Art Gallery |
The Vancouver Art Gallery, founded in 1931, is one of the leading Canadian art museums. Reflecting Vancouver’s prominence over the past decade on the international stage as a major center for contemporary art, the Gallery is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the museum experience and to undertaking programs that explore the relationship between contemporary life and artistic creativity.
…and these are just some example.
Hundreds of large and small museums around the world showcase their galleries through tours and other online extras on Google’s Arts & Culture pages including:
– Uffizi Gallery in Florence
– British Museum
– National Museum in New Delhi
– New York’s Guggenheim museum
– Pergamonmuseum in Berlin
…and many, many more.