Besides reading, watching movies, dancing, cooking, working out, chatting, making beauty treatments these challenging times of quarantine… what other activities can we do at home during this “stay-home” season? Here is a new one that travels us all around the world: Visit Museums virtually from the cough of our home! It is about a new kind of experience – free of cost – that gives us the opportunity to visit … or revisit the most famous museums worldwide. We at Gals and the City have rounded up a list of the 7 must-visit world-class museums and enjoy an online tour! Scroll down and check which you are gonna visit today!
The Acropolis museum is where the heart of the ancient Greek spirit beats globally! Lying over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens, right under the sacred hill of Acropolis, the museum is dedicated on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens; it houses every artifact found on the rock and the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine era of Greece. Get the experience of the most famous ancient archaeological site in the world here.
Nestled inside the Vatican City in Rome, Vatican museums offer to the crowd a virtual tour through a 360-degree camera. We are talking about a complex of some of the world’s leading public art and sculpture museums – full of priceless works by Raphael, Michelangelo, and Picasso – with an annual attendance of 6 million tourists annually. The museums include exhibits of the long collection of the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman statues of the ancient world as well as the most important masterpieces of Renaissance. Make a tour here.
Oh, Musée du Louvre … The central landmark of Paris! Being famous for its rare and magnificent drawings by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic drawing of Mona Lisa, the Louvre Museum is one of the largest and oldest art museums in the whole world as well as a historic monument in French capital. Located in the city’s 1st arrondissement, across the Seine, the museum exhibits approximately 38.000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century over an area of 72,735 square meters with the Greek ones to cover 25 rooms or spaces. In 2019, 9.6 million visitors that came to Louvre made it the most visited art museum in the world. Visit it here.
Established in 1753, the British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Talking about its collections, which number around eight million works, are considered among the largest and most comprehensive in the world and come from all continents, depicting and recording the history of human civilization from its beginnings to the present day. Discover two million years of human history and culture here.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is regarded as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art worldwide. MoMA’s collections give us an overview of contemporary and modern art including significant works of design and architecture, sculpture, paintings, drawings, prints, illustrated and artists’ books, photography, electronic media as well as film. Enjoy the museum collections from wherever you are here.
The Hermitage Museum, founded in 1764, is the second-largest art museum in the world, with collections of more than three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections cover a complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the old Winter Palace – a former residence of Russian emperors – on the banks of the Neva River. Among the museum’s major exhibits are the famous collections of Western European artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, and others. There are also exhibits from ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome, as well as large collections of jewelry and decorative art. Visit here.
The National Gallery of Art, founded in 1937 for the American people, is a national art museum in Washington nestled in the National Mall. Regarding gallery’s collection, it consists of important drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, medals, and decorative arts that traces the Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day, including Leonardo da Vinci’s painting -the only one in America- as well as the largest mobile created by Alexander Calder. Visit online here.
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