Who says you have to leave your living room to experience the world’s finest exhibits? From London to Las Vegas we have you covered.
By Annabel Fuller
Palace of Versailles, Versailles
Journey throughout the rich collection of the Palace and its art collection of over 22,000 pieces, all from the comfort of your home. Discover the secrets behind the famous Sacre de Napoléon, the stunning Hall of Mirrors along with the famous gardens, statues and Marie Leszczynska furniture.
Head to the Palace of Versailles website for the virtual tour
Natural History Museum, London
From the Tyrannosaurus to the ancient Egyptian mummies, gem-filled meteorites and specimens in jars … the Natural History Museum’s vast collection has long been a favourite of both Londoners and tourists alike. Get lost in the knowledge the long corridors and infinite gallery spaces have to offer.
Visit nhm.ac.uk to begin your tour
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Several sites make up this virtual museum, including the main gallery in Gwacheon and its branches in Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. Each virtual tour explores and inspiring mix of textures and mediums, from prints to design, photography and large-scale installations. Users can expect to be awed by famous names such as Warhol and Nam June Paik, to emerging Korean artists.
Start your tour via the link mmca.go.kr
Vatican Museums, Rome
Soaring ceilings intricately decorated by the world’s best artists, among colourful murals and tapestries are just some of the creatively rich sites you can explore within the Vatican museum. Don’t forget to scroll up as your mouse clicks through seven spaces in the museum’s virtual tour, including the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square.
Follow along with an interactive guide at museivaticani.va
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Thousands visit the Gugg every day to explore this epic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building and now you can wander its halls without leaving your house. Peruse the museums postmodern, conceptual and installation art offerings, then head to Google Street View to explore the renowned architecture.
Virtually tour the Gugg here: solomon-r-guggenheim-museum
National Palace Museum, Taipei City
Go on a treasure hunt in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, home to a massive collection of Chinese arts and crafts from the neolithic to the modern era. Choose from a selection of guided tours and click on anything that piques your interest as you mooch around.
The treasure hunt starts now tech2.npm.edu.tw/
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Explore the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works, in the comfort of your nicest pyjamas. Muse at Cézanne, Monet and other French masters, in this virtual tour that also includes an online exhibition detailing the history of the magnificent building that was once a train station.
Take in a 360-degree view of France’s finest art here m.musee-orsay.fr
MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo has one of the broadest historical collections available online via its virtual gallery platform, spanning from 14th to 20th centuries. Marvel at the collection of suspended paintings, floating around the open-plan space. Visit Brazilian pop artist Teresinha Soares retrospective exhibition and gaze at the magnificent architecture.
Discover the best of Brazil here masp.org.br
The Neon Museum, Las Vegas
You don’t have to go to Vegas to experience the glitz and glamour. The Neon Museum now has a free app taking users on an all-access granted tour, exploring the history of the Las Vegas Strip. Set to a slideshow of text and audio narration, guests will be Sin City experts, learning the mysterious history behind the older, defunct and out-of-service signs from all kinds of casinos and business including the Golden Nuggets, Sassy Sally’s and the Stardust, among others.
Get your Neon fix at neonmuseum.org