Since 1977, we have celebrated museums as sacred spaces that embrace culture and history on National Museum Day. Normally, we would tell you to get out there and explore your local museums, but this year we’re celebrating a bit differently – not to say that’s a bad thing! While before, you would only have the luxury to visit your local museums, this year you have the pleasure of exploring museums around the world from the comfort of your living room.
You may say, “but it’s not the same experience.” Well I dare to say, it might be an even better experience!
Here’s a list of some museums that are offering FREE, yeah I said it, FREE access to their exhibits:
The Louvre: Forget that expensive flight to Paris, you now have a front row seat!
Guggenheim Museum: Picasso, Mondrian, Koons and 600+ more artists are featured in this online collection.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: 360 views of every exhibit in the museum!
Van Gogh Museum: Head to Amsterdam courtesy of Google Arts & Culture.
Getty Museum: Get visual with 2 virtual tour options at this LA staple.
The Vatican Museum: Take a virtual tour through the Sistine Chapel and 5 other exhibits.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Dali, Rembrandt, Balthus…need I say more?
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: “Mother of American Modernism”.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: 23 rooms of Mayan artifacts.
British Museum, London: Two words: Egyptian mummies.
National Women’s History Museum: Celebrate women all year round with this online exhibit.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: 26 virtual exhibits live from NYC.
Detroit Institute of Arts: 4 mind-blowing exhibits, 2 of which focus on Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch Art. In case you can’t get enough Rembrandt, he’s featured in this museum as well.
National Museum of the United States Air Force: See what it looks like in an aircraft cockpit.
MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): Get up close and personal with Sophie Taeuber-Arp.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A focus on fashion.
Around the world, museums are slowly opening back up, like The Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Germany, The Old Masters Museum in Brussels, Belgium, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Italy, The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea and The Hong Kong Museum of Art in Hong Kong SAR, China.
So, there’s hope for us. We will all be out & about soon enough, visiting our favorite museums in person. Until then, enjoy these virtual experiences, share them with a friend and let us know which was your favorite!
Know of any museums we missed? Let us know in the comments below.