Friday, March 13, 2020

Visit Museums & Cities Virtually

One of my favorite ways to waste time is to get lost on Google's Art & Culture website. You can view famous pieces of art from around the world & take a virtual tour of all of the cities I wish I were travelling to. I love retracing steps of places our family has been, especially seeing how close I was to other really cool things I never knew about if we had only taken a right instead of a left, haha. Many museums also offer online tours.

The Louvre offers virtual tours to several exhibitions, changing often.
There is also a catalog of videos the Louvre has made on multiple interesting topics. My children can spend hours watching these to learn more about what they have seen in person at The Louvre. Checkout the catalog HERE. You can also see an online gallery HERE.

Versailles Palace in France has online exhibits as well. You can also tour the gardens virtually, one of my favorite gardens to see. I also love Tuileries Gardens, Luxembourg Gardens, Schonbrunn Palace Gardens.

My favorite museum in the world, the Natural History Museum in Vienna has an online tour of exhibits! Search through many online museum visits HERE.

Other museums with online exhibits are:
Museum of Modern Art
Musee Dorsay Paris
National Gallery of Art Washington DC
The Met, NYC
Art Institute Chicago
The Nelson Atkins (My home museum!)
Royal Trust Collection
Life Photo Collection
Anne Frank House
The White House
US National Archives
Schonbrunn Palace
Eiffel Tour
Museum of Impressionism,Giverny, France
Paris Street Art & The Street Art Museum, Pairs

Sewu temple complex

Prambanan Temple, the Tallest Hindus Temple in the World in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is definitely on my travel bucket list after visiting it virtually. The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and the second-largest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu architecture, and by the towering 154-foot-high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.

You can get lost for weeks in search of new places HERE.

Pompeii Ruins in Italy

Yellowstone National Park

Ancient Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine

CSMT Station, Mumbai, India

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City

Champs Elysees, Paris, France

Tower of Babel, Iraq

Chauvet Cave, France

Easter Island

Taj Majal

Great Pyramids of Giza

Colosseum in Rome

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Sydney Opera House

Hollywood Boulevard

Machu Picchu, Peru


International Space Station

Swiss Alps Jungfrau

Cinque Terre, Italy

How about researching amazing historic artists? Search for your favorite artist here.

Vincent Van Gogh
Claude Monet
Norman Rockwell
Leonardo Da Vinci

Six closed Exhibits you can still visit through Google Street View HERE.

10 European heritage sites you'll want to explore- HERE

Walk the spiritual path to Mount Haguro 

Take a stroll through CERN's underground spaces HERE.

Would you rather research local stuff? Click Nearby. Click on the place you'd like to virtually visit then click View in Google Arts & Culture. I am in Kansas City and I have had so much fun finding things I have never seen! I was able to learn about our hometown President Truman. There is a lot of information from the Jackson County Historical Society. I hadn't even heard of the Kansas City Museum! Many local schools do field trips to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. KC's tourism site is even on Google Arts & Culture! There is the Kauffman Center for the Performing ArtsNational World War I MuseumKemper Museum of Contemporary ArtKC Public Library.

There are several other categories that you can search with great results.
Historical Figures
Art Movements
Historic Events

I'd love to hear what & where you explored! Tell me in the comments!

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