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Since you can’t leave home right now, ‘tour’ these 5 world museums right from your couch

Published Mar 22nd, 2020 5:01PM EDT
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  • All of us have to get increasingly creative when it comes to finding ways to pass the time as we hunker down at home because of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • There are a number of ways you can “leave” your home without ever getting off your couch, including by using Google’s myriad tools to digitally tour an assortment of museums from around the world.
  • Google Arts & Culture offers a collection online that lets visitors explore museums like the British Museum in London and the Guggenheim in New York City.
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All of us are going to need to get creative in the coming weeks when it comes to entertaining ourselves, staying busy, productive, and sane as the quarantines and lockdowns increasingly go into effect around the US to prevent the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus.

Google Arts & Culture is an online platform that the search giant uses to showcase content from museums and galleries around the world. Through this portal, users can conduct virtual “tours” of some of the grandest, most palatial museums anywhere on earth, something that might be especially fun to do right now and serve as a distraction from the stress of the news and updates about the virus that’s keeping us all at home.

Below, you’ll find suggestions of five museums to check out using Google’s platform. One especially helpful thing about checking out the artwork herein is that it might help bring some perspective if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the current crisis. A lot of what you’ll see below was created centuries ago — and has endured. That’s the great thing about hard times. They don’t.

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British Museum, London

I visited the British Museum in the fall, and I can attest that it’s quite a sight to behold — even when appreciating its hundreds of artifacts, like the ancient Rosetta Stone, on the museum’s virtual tour. It’s a treasured British institution situated in the heart of London, and its collection which also includes treasures like the Parthenon sculptures is visited by more than 6 million people every year.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

This museum, which opened its doors in 1969, is one of the most popular in Korea, establishing itself as a pillar of Korean modern art. Visitors can access it from anywhere in the world via Google’s virtual tour.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Check out this virtual tour of the museum in the center of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, that houses dozens of works from French artists who lived in the 19th and early 20th century. The collection includes work from noteworthy names like Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, to name a few.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Masterpieces from this tragic artistic genius can be enjoyed on a virtual tour of the Amsterdam museum that bears his name. The permanent collection here houses the largest collection of Van Gogh art anywhere, including more than 200 paintings as well as more than 750 personal letters.

The Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Housed in the palatial Getty Villa in Malibu, the J. Paul Getty Museum features works of art from as far back as the eighth century on up to the 21st, with everything from sculptures to European paintings displayed amid beautiful gardens and gorgeous views of Los Angeles. Google’s Street View feature will let you tour the museum’s collections of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities housed in a setting built to look like a first-century Roman country estate.

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