there's no need to leave the house, wait in line, or even listen to other visitors' comments. from the comfort of your sofa, you can take a virtual tour of galleries around the world.
during the pandemic, we have learned to live in virtual mode in many ways: online classes, remote work, online shopping, online yoga, etc. museums and galleries, like so many fields, have had to adapt. and although they weren't invented at the time, more and better options have emerged.
the world is mobile again, but the traces of this peculiar way of living are still there. It's great to have the opportunity to travel, to be there, to see works of art up close, to be infected by the whole atmosphere, but that's no excuse if you can't. or if you just can't do it as often as you'd like.
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE
access cultural exhibitions and historical collections from more than 2,000 museums around the world, from moma to the tokyo national museum, all in one place. with comments, suggestions, interactive experiences, augmented reality, games, selfie filters, there are many reasons to get lost here.
opened in 1880, the metropolitan museum of art occupies 11.5 acres in central park along fifth avenue. it has 2 million square feet of exhibition space and welcomes more than 4 million visitors annually. its collection spans 5,000 years of art history, from prehistory to the present. it includes 36,000 objects, including 2,500 european old master, impressionist, and post-Impressionist paintings, as well as the largest collection of egyptian art and artifacts outside of cairo-including the full-scale temple of dendur.
we can visit the museum in an immersive way, seeing the corners and the sometimes hidden details through six videos available here. and also explore a large number of collections and exhibitions here. the quality is excellent and there's plenty of information.
the national gallery of victoria, with collections of european, asian, oceanic and american art, has plenty of reasons why it should be visited ... but if a trip to australia isn't on your current agenda, take the online tour here.
the louvre needs no introduction, it is the most visited art museum in the world, home to over half a million works of art, 35,000 of which are on display at any one time. no time limits, no rush...just enjoy the louvre alone, as often as you like, explore and take your time with your favorites. here.
the museum of art of são paulo assis chateaubriand was brazil's first modern museum, founded in 1947. with a collection of more than 11,000 works of art, it includes sculptures, paintings, objects, photographs and clothing from different periods and places: europe, america, africa and asia. here and here
located in coyoacán, mexico city, casa azul is the place where frida kahlo was born, created much of her work and later died. we can now explore the house and gallery that make up the frida kahlo museum in a 360-degree virtual tour, immersing ourselves in her colorful world here. for a closer look at her work and art, have also a look at "faces of frida".
this is one of the largest contemporary art museums in asia, with over 800 pieces of modern thai art. constructed in 2012, it is privately funded by thai millionaire boonchai bencharongkul. MOCA also exhibits collections by vietnamese, chinese, italian and japanese artists, and has an extensive private collection of modern paintings and sculptures, here.
the historic art gallery in london's trafalgar square, which opened at its current location in 1831, has more than 2,300 paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. the works are grouped by period and heavyweights include van gogh's sunflowers, velázquez's rokeby venus and constable's the hay wain. to take an online tour, simply click here and here
originally built in the hague in 1800 and moved to the capital eight years later, it is one of the most visited museums in the netherlands. its vast collection showcases iconic art and a wide variety of artifacts that reflect more than 800 years of dutch and world history. it includes paintings by the likes of rembrandt, van gogh and countless other dutch greats. rembrandt's the night watch, vincent van gogh's self-portrait and johannes vermeer's the milkmaid are just some of the notable works on permanent display. here and here.
cláudia cavaleiro the editor in chief for CINCO editorial. born in '82 in coimbra, she is graduated in philosophy from the university of coimbra. passionate about books and podcasts in a geek kind of way, she always find something interesting to research. loves to bring awareness to social problems and loves working at CINCO!