Virtual Museum Tours and Other Ways to Get Your Culture Fix

These much-loved museums, theatres and galleries are offering free, virtual tours

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Louvre at sunset, Paris

If you’re used to spending your weekends gallery hopping and meandering around museums, then this period of social distancing has probably got you craving culture more than ever. But, as you might have seen over the past few days, a number of our favourite institutions have opened themselves up virtually.

Here’s a list of some of the places we’ll be visiting this weekend across Plum Guide’s cities:

The Vatican Museums, Rome

Discover The Vatican Museums as you’ve never seen them before – empty, that is – with this collection of 360 tours. Ever thought you’d be peering around the Sistine Chapel from your couch wearing your silk pyjamas? No, neither did we.

📷 : @vaticanmuseums

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

LA’s Getty Museum is set across two campuses – the Getty Center and the Getty Villa – meaning visitors would normally need to take a trip across town to get from one to the other. Now however, thanks to this virtual museum tour, you can digitally browse the Getty Museum’s art collections all in one go. That is convenient.

📷 : @egealaura

National Theatre, London

As the saying goes, the show must go on, and thanks to London’s theatres, it will. Starting on the 2nd of April, the National Theatre will be streaming its series of National Theatre Live shows on YouTube for free. First up was James Corden’s award-winning performance in One Man Two Guvnors, and it was fantastic.

📷 : @realrobbentley

Carnegie Hall, New York City

Fancy learning all about the history of this internationally renowned music venue in Midtown Manhattan? Well, good news because here you can. Then, get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the show as The Philadelphia Orchestra perform for you in 360 from Carnegie Hall’s main stage. What a treat.

📷 : @carnegiehall

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Take a ‘stroll’ through one of Paris’ most popular museums with this virtual museum tour. You’ll find artworks by masters of Modern-art such as Gaugin, Cézanne, Monet and so much more. Keep an eye out for van Gogh’s self-portrait and his ‘Starry Night over the Rhône’.

British Museum, London

If you’re in search of some serious culture, then a look around the most-visited museum in London and one of the oldest museums in the world this weekend should do the trick. Start your virtual museum tour here.

📷 : @josephowen

Tate Modern, London

Britain’s national museum of modern art is continuing to bring us the cream of the contemporary crop through its 360 online tour of the Blavatnik Building. Nick Grimshaw and the museum's director, Frances Morris take us through the works of Louise Bourgeois and more.

📷 : @tate

Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The Thyssen is very kindly offering a virtual museum tour of its latest exhibition, Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture between 1590-1670 for all to enjoy. As the first exhibition ever to focus on Rembrandt’s work in Spain, it’s virtually (get it?) impossible to miss, with many of the works never before displayed in Europe.

📷 : @museothyssen

Louvre Museum, Paris

Lockdowns can’t stop us getting lost in the Louvre. Through its 360 tours, you can explore Egyptian antiquities, admire some masterpieces by Delacroix and Tintoretto, or go right back to the Louvre’s roots as a fortress with a wander around its original moat.

📷 : @museelouvre

And that’s not all. There are a number of others venues that you can virtually visit too, from the Guggenheim in New York to London's National Gallery.

Stay safe, stay cultured.

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