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5 marvellous museums go online after lockdown so you can still enjoy a tour

by Sharron Livingston

If you were planning to visit a museum this spring, all is not lost. Even though these cultural icons had to close down, they can still be viewed online. Enjoy

British Museum, London

The British Museum

The British Museum

Who hasn’t heard of London’s most acclaimed museum? This tourist magnet is working with Google Arts & Culture and some 2,000 leading institutions so that you can take an interactive tour.

Take a leisurely journey by clicking on artefacts and bone up on their history.

Take the tours: British Museum

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam



The beautiful Rijksmuseum, a picture in itself, is choc-full of artwork and masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age. Though it had to close its doors until 1 June, it’s online initiative Rijksmuseum From Home means you can still visit virtually. Google are involved in this initiative offering the chance to explore 11 “exhibits”, where you’re able to interact with various works from the museum, read about their history and see close-ups of the pieces. 

Remember to visit Rembrandt’s The Nightwatch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid.

Take the tours: Rijksmuseum 

Le Musee du Louvre, Paris



Paris’ most famous and larges museum, with its much-loved glass pyramid had to shut its doors when Paris went into lockdown. But you can still take a virtual tour of its Egyptian antiquities or the Galerie D’Apollon, and some others too.

Take the tours: Louvre

Guggenheim, New York



Saunter along the corridors of the Big Apple’s iconic Guggenheim. Get close up
to Catherine Opie’s Self Portrait/Pervert triptych; Ivan Navarro’s installation Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker; and Ovitz’s Library by Jonas Wood.

Or simply enjoy the museum’s remarkable building.

Take the Tour: Guggenheim, New York

Uffizi Gallery, Florence



Four exhibitions collectively display the art work of the Medicis inside a 16th-century building.

This online tour shows close-ups of the paintings and important details including works as Piero di Cosimo’s Perseus Freeing Andromeda like never before.

Take the tour: Uffizi, Florence



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