8 Museums to Visit from Home

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Museums are these magical places that can transport you to a different era, or to the mind of an artist. And it can also teach you a lot about human history. During these weird times where we need to stay at home and practice social distance, most museums are close. But you can still visit them through the internet.

Some museums around the world have created virtual tours so we can still visit them. But Google has this platform called Google Arts & Culture where you can visit a variety of museums in a lot of different countries. Some exhibitions are only photos, others there are 360º views. Here are 8 suggestions of museums you can visit with 360º view.

Louvre – Paris, France

The Louvre is one of the most well-known museums in the world, and a must visit to anyone who has the chance. Well, if you’ve never been to Paris and has any plans to ever going, this is your chance. The iconic museum has made available free online tours of different rooms. There are a lot of them, so choose your favorite themes and enjoy it in its full virtual magnificence.

Musée D’Orsay – Paris, France

Musée D’Orsay is another Parisian museum worth your visit. Some of the pieces in their archive include a variety of Vincent Van Gogh (including Starry Night), Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas…Basically, it is amazing.

Kobe Fashion Museum – Kobe, Japan

The Kobe Fashion Museum is located in Kobe, Japan, and is dedicated to garments. And it is a must visit if you like fashion, and want to consume some content about it that won’t make you feel guilty about wearing only sweatpants for 5 days straight.

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona / Design Museum of Barcelona – Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is a museum located in Barcelona dedicated to design. Through Google Arts & Culture you can visit the three floors of the museum, one dedicated to product design, other to decorative art and another to fashion.

Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand/ Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP) – São Paulo, Brazil

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, better known as MASP, is one of the most important museums of Brazil. And, also, one of the most iconic, due to its marvelous architecture design by the architect Lina Bo Bardi. The inside is also very beautiful. Their archive includes pieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Amedeo Modigliani.

Pinacoteca de São Paulo – São Paulo, Brazil

Pinacoteca de São Paulo is another important Brazilian museum. A little less iconic than MASP, but still worth the visit. Their archive is also equally amazing, including pieces by artists such as Candido Portinari, Lasar Segall and Jean-Baptiste Debret.

Museu Nacional / National Museum – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Until 2018, Museu Nacional was considered one of the biggest museums of national history and anthropology in the American continent, and had an archive of over 20 million items. It was first opened in 1818 (making it over 200 years old), and is located in Palacio de São Cristovão, which used to be the home of the Portuguese royal family between 1808 and 1821. In 2 September 2018 the museum caught fire, most of its structure and archive was burned down, and is now being reconstructed. So, visiting it online will be the only way to visit it for a while.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) – New York, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is iconic for many reasons, one of them being the gala they host every first Monday of May (except this year, obviously). On YouTube they keep rundowns of their past main exhibitions, but if you want to visit 360º, they partnered with Google for a tour of some of their rooms.

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