UK's attractions such as Longest and Chester Zoo have opened their digital gates, while nature reserves in Africa are also welcoming virtual tourists. Narrated by Kate Humble, this 30-minute tour of the popular safari park in Wiltshire gives viewers the chance to see the giraffe and zebra of the East Africa Reserve before venturing into the notorious Monkey Drive Through.
Using a mix of audio commentary along with video footage and photos, there’s also close encounters with Longest’s famous lions, as well as tigers, cheetahs and wolves. Video of VIRTUAL ZOO DAY LIVE: Baby markets have breakfast! Watch the baby markets enjoy breakfast, share brunch with the eastern black rhinos and get up close with the secretive okapi.
Knowles Safari’s home school is an online learning hub where children, parents and teachers can access educational videos, downloadable worksheets and fun animal facts and talks. Explore has a live feed in place, with the camera situated at one of the waterholes in the area, providing a perfect opportunity to spot the elephants.
During April travel company Andean and wildlife broadcaster Wilder are streaming personalized game drives twice daily. Head ranger, Andrew Kearney, is delivering informative and educational videos around the wildlife such as identifying footprints, spotting the big five and showing the incredible flora and fauna species found on the reserve.
Though we all try to stay busy by keeping active and working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it's easy to fall into a rut. “Walk” through some of the world's most prestigious cultural institutions, like The Met and The American Museum of Natural History, then go for a “ride” on Disney's new Frozen rollercoaster with the kids.
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The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Paid Mondrian, Jeff Moons, and Franz Marc are just some 625 artists whose work is a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online.
Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture. Getty Museum: Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum. MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York's extensive collection is available for view online.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion. LELAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.
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Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walkthroughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. You can zoom in and out of images in great detail, and view some of the best pieces of artwork ever created, all from the comforts of your couch.
Image Credit: Hannes Aflutter via fotoreportThe Albertina features one of the most important European collections of international modern art and houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints. Hundreds of the works housed in the museum, like Study for the Last Supper by The Vinci and The Water Lily Pond by Monet, can be viewed online thanks to a partnership with Google Arts and Culture.
Its collection features more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more than 300,000 works of art in 11 curatorial departments. The online tour allows you to view major pieces from the museum’s collection, like American Gothic, A Sunday on La Grande Matte, and Nighthawks.
The site also offers projects to get creative at home, educator resources, and Journey Maker, a digital tool that allows visitors to create unique, personalized tours of the museum. The Broad houses a nearly 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, featuring 200 artists including works by Cindy Sherman, Jeff Moons, Ed Russia, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.
Notable installations include Mayor Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room (pictured above) and Reign Kjartansson’s expansive 9-screen video The Visitors. The Broad has put together a series of YouTube videos to give you a first-hand look at its incredible Infinity Mirror room paired alongside some beautiful music to provide a deeper level of immersion.
The Center has dozens of videos available on its YouTube channel that provide walkthroughs of the museum and explanations of its most important works. The collection features some of the best -known paintings by major European artists like Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, as well as numerous works of sculpture and porcelain.
The museum website offers creative activities, stories, and education about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, along with 6 virtual exhibits available through Google Arts and Culture: Image Credit: Perry Talk via Flickr Grand Calais is a large historic site, exhibition hall, and museum dedicated to the organization of exhibitions, publishing of books, art workshops, photographic agency, and hosting major fairs and events.
The online tour is extremely comprehensive and allows you to virtually walk through all 6 buildings in the main complex, treasure galley, and 9 different exhibition projects. The Getty Center features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts and photographs from the 1830s through present-day from all over the world.
18th Century Pastel Portraits The Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur’an Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Getty Museum Acquisitions 2019 Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well Image Credit: Roland ZH via Unsplash Unstraps Zürich features one of Switzerland’s most important art collections from the 13th century to the present day.
The website has completely rebranded to include a virtual tour, soundtracks and live recordings, online teaching resources, and courses. The museum consists of 854 works by artists like Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt Van In, and Jan Seen.
Famous works include Girl with a Pearl Earring (pictured above), View of Delft by Vermeer, and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolas Pulp by Rembrandt Van In. The museum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring several of its best works to life for virtual viewing.
While it may be some time before people can visit again, the museum currently has 26 different online exhibits available for viewing through Google. Image Credit: Monica Quiróz via Pixelate Louvre Palace, which houses the museum, began as a fortress by Philip II in the 12th century to protect the city from English soldiers that were in Normandy.
The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, including works by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Sister, and Van Gogh.
The museum allows you to virtually walk through one of its popular galleries, featuring hundreds of paintings from French artists. Image Credit: Muse del Promote Muse Nacional del Prado is considered to have one of the greatest collections of European art in the world and offers guests the single largest collection of Spanish art.
Well known works include Las Meanings by Diego Velázquez, The Third of May 1808 by Francisco De Goya, and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. The building was Kahlo’s birthplace, the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for many years, and where she later died in a room on the upper floor.
The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other artists, along with the couple’s Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more. The museum includes large collections of Spain’s 2 most popular artists, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
Famous works on display include Guernica and Woman in Blue by Picasso, and Cubist Self Portrait by Dalí. You can view 6 different collections of artwork at the Ran Sofía through its partnership with Google Arts and Culture.
The museum was founded by 2 Zagreb-based artists, film producer Link Vistula and sculptor Brazen Granitic, after their 4-year love relationship came to an end. It houses over 8,000 paintings, surpassed only by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and receives over 1 million visitors each year.
Pieces by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Monet are featured alongside sculptures, mummies, ceramics, and other artifacts from ancient civilizations. Image Credit: Ana's MIA via Unsplash National Gallery features over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900, including works like Sunflowers by Van Gogh, The Virgin on the Rocks by The Vinci, and The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan Van Eyck.
Image Credit: Ryan Spencer via Unsplash National Gallery of Art and its attached Sculpture Garden are located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress. It ranks second in total visitors of all American museums, 10th in the world, and features incredible pieces like Jackson Pollack’s Number 1, Leonardo da Vinci’s Genera DE’ Bench, and Degas’ Little Dancer Aged 14.
Image Credit: National Museum of China National Museum of China covers Chinese history from 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Notable works include the “Humus” Rectangle Ding, a rectangular bronze sacrificial vessel made in the late Shang Dynasty, the heaviest piece of ancient bronze ware in the world, and a Han Dynasty jade burial suit laced with gold thread. Image Credit: Visit South National Museum of Korea is the top museum of Korean history and art and has been committed to various studies and research activities in the fields of archaeology, history, and art, continuously developing a variety of exhibitions and education programs.
The collection encompasses 8,000 years of history of Chinese art including Jade, paintings, bronzes, and porcelain that were formerly held in the Forbidden City of Peking. The museums have 10 collections featured on Google Arts and Culture, but also offers digital workshops, and distance learning resources for children and teachers.
Image Credit: Johannes Laurentian via Staatliche Mu seen EU Berlin, AntikensammlungThe Pergamonmuseum houses monumental buildings such as the Bergamot Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miles reconstructed from the ruins found in Anatolia, as well as the Shasta Facade. Image Credit: Will van Winger den via Unsplash Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1798 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace.
The museum features masterpieces like Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and The Jewish Bride, plus works by Fran's Hals and Johannes Vermeer, who are known to have been major contributors to the Golden Age of Dutch art. SAMOA’s website is updated regularly with videos and articles regarding current exhibits, projects, and artist showcases and provides behind-the-scenes looks of the museum.
The chapel is famous for its magnificent ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, and is considered to be one of the best artworks to come out of the Italian Renaissance. The primary panels of the ceiling showcase 9 scenes from the Book of Genesis of which The Creation of Adam (pictured above) is the best known and most recognized.
Its website offers a virtual tour of the chapel’s most stunning sites, including allowing you to marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling from the comfort of your couch. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year.
Google’s Street View feature lets you tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase and some of its art pieces. The Guggenheim From Home webpage offers tours of its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, artwork from its collection, family-friendly programs, teaching materials, and more.
It includes works from the Italian primitives, the English, Dutch, and German schools, Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century. The virtual tour includes a detailed look at the permanent collection, along with exhibits like the Rembrandt and Impressionist galleries.
Image Credit: Matt Woman via Unsplash Office was designed by Giorgio Va sari for Costco I DE’ Medici, whose family were by far the largest patrons of art in Renaissance Italy. Over 2 million people visit the Office each year, making it the most viewed art museum in Italy.
You can also visit the museum’s website for a selection of things to do for young children like school lessons and coloring pages. The collection of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings, and photographs is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
The virtual tour, in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, offers 11 different online exhibits ranging from fashion to surrealism. Image Credit: Aditya Was via Unsplash of the largest natural history museums in the world, the American Museum of Natural History contains 34 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts.
Image Credit: Viktor Formats via Unsplash British Museum is one of the largest in the world and houses over 8 million works within its walls. Visitors can tour the great court and view some of the most famous objects in history like the Elgin Marbles of Greece and the Rosetta Stone of Egypt.
Image Credit: Natural History Museum, London Natural History Museum in London showcases 80 million life and earth science specimens of great historical and scientific value, even housing pieces collected by Charles Darwin. One of the museum’s most prominent displays is the skeleton of an 82-foot long blue whale named Hope, which you can learn more about through a self-guided virtual tour, along with 10 other galleries.
Image Credit: Amy-Leigh Barnard via Unsplash London Science Museum holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including famous items like Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, some of the earliest remaining steam engines, and documentation of the first typewriter. The museum has a collection of over 5,000 ancient scientific instruments dating back to the 13th century, and among its most notable items is the telescope Galileo used to discover the satellites of Jupiter.
The museum offers a phenomenal virtual tour full of digital exhibits, videos, and audio presentations. NASA has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring 35 online exhibits life to showcase the beauty of space exploration.
In the 3D virtual tour, viewers can move around the galleries looking at the machines and their descriptions with the added bonus of hyperlinks to video and text explanations providing further detail and history of the exhibits. Image Credit: Oxford University Oxford’s History of Science Museum holds a leading collection of scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
You’ll get to explore the fantastic exhibits and artifacts of some of the most important scientific discoveries in science history. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
Now you can view rock, marble, and sculptures certificates, all of which are thousands of years old, all from the comfort of your couch! You can explore Gettysburg, with 15 different stops, each of which features icons that discuss in great detail the history and significance of the battle.
The museum’s website offers a virtual reality tour of the annex, along with other educational resources about Anne’s life. The museum showcases the history behind FDR’s story, his presidency, New Deal policies, assassination attempt, and wartime decisions.
The 360-degree online tour gives you a close look at original documents, artifacts, and videos from FDR’s life. The museum website offers more than 15 different online exhibits covering African American history and culture.
Popular items from the collections include Dolly the Sheep, the Arthur’s Seat coffins, and the Diamond Lioness sculpture. Each year, the museum encourages its 1.6 million visitors to promote human dignity, confront hatred, prevent genocide, and the strengthening of democratic values.
The museum’s collection includes millions of archival documents, artifacts, photographs, footage, and a list of over 200,000 registered survivors and their families, among other historical items. Its website offers a wide selection of educational resources, including a virtual tour, and is available in 16 languages.
So whether you’re a massive fan of art, looking for an educational experience for your children, or simply need a way to keep yourself entertained, you can’t go wrong with a virtual tour of these world-class museums.