Virtual Museum Exhibits Worth Checking Out

Even when the world isn’t shut down due to a pandemic, you probably won’t be able to get out and go to every museum exhibit you really want to see. There might be many reasons for this, with the first and foremost being travelling to different cities or countries isn’t always possible. Thankfully these days museums have started curating their exhibits online, giving you a chance to see what you might not normally be able to see. Here are some of our favourite online exhibitions you won’t want to miss.

The Met 360° Project: One of the largest and most popular museums in the world is the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, has created a virtually accessible museum on Youtube, which allows you to “walk” the hallways and explore the different halls. So far you can explore the Great Hall, fly over the Met Cloisters and the adjacent Hudson River, and even check out the Arms and Armor Galleries. The videos are all shot in 360 degrees, so you can look anywhere you’d like. VR can also be activated on the videos for those who have the right equipment.

All About the Tiffany Lamps: The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, is famous for their large collection of Tiffany collectibles, and even if you can’t make your way there, you can explore their web catalogs, introduction videos, and a lot of historical information. While seeing the collection virtually may not be as good as it is seeing them in person, this truly is the next best thing.

Royal Ontario Museum: The ROM in Toronto found a unique way to use Google Streetview, by allowing you to roam the hallways as if you were actually in the museum itself. You can get as close to the exhibits as possible, read the signs and displays, and feel like you are actually in the building. While not everything is there, you can see much more of the museum than you would expect, and spend hours learning.

Vancouver Art Gallery: Much like the ROM, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers virtual tours of their museum on Google Streetview. You can check out everything from geometric landscape paintings to steel structures and more. The menu at the bottom of the screen helps you navigate the museum a little easier than going from room to room, but it’s still fun to take it slow and walk the building like you would in real life. 

Uffizi Gallery: Perhaps you’ve always wanted to go to Italy, but have yet to make it there? The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, is also available through Google maps, and you can walk their long hallways, looking at the sculptures and paintings as you go along. It’s truly an interesting way to see the world from the comfort of your own living room.

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