Heads up, art enthusiasts!
With the power of the internet and the kind of technology that we have today, we can now go to places without even leaving the couch. Even a stroll to the museum can be experienced through our screens, saving us the time and even a trip to other parts of the world to see the most famous artworks and artifacts up close.
Of course, seeing the real thing offers a different experience, but to those who'd love to browse through thousands of paintings and historical pieces despite it being under a bright flat screen, Google's got our backs. Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries, and institutions from all around the world to bring the touring experience to online audiences for free through high-definition photos and digital "walkthroughs" inside the halls and galleries of the museums.
Listed below are just some of the museums that you can check out:
Located within the Office of the President, the Presidential Museum & Library offers a rich array of portraits, sculptures, and memorabilias of our past presidents. The museum is responsible for preserving, managing, and promoting the heritage and history of the highest seat in the Philippine government.
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2. Ayala Museum
You can also check out the humble virtual collection of Ayala Museum. The museum is known for its historical collections depicted in the form of intricate dioramas and miniatures. Some of the dioramas found in the virtual collection are the Galleon Trade scene, the beginning of the Philippine revolution in Pugadlawin, the recognition of Philippine Independence by the US in 1946, and more, all with accompanying information about the event.
A museum that is in every art lover's bucket list, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of the well-revered Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Some of Van Gogh's most popular and iconic works here include his Self-portrait with Grey Felt Hat, the Almond Blossom, and Sunflowers.
Housing the most iconic creation of Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night, is the Museum of Modern Art in New York, United States. It is also home to a humongous collection of contemporary art dated from the 1880s to today. It has over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs; 22,000 films and four million film stills; and over 300,000 books and periodicals. Alongside The Starry Night are Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and the more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.
The Musée d’Orsay in Paris has a rich collection of works from French artists that are dated between 1848 to 1914. Some of the artists whose art pieces are found in this museum include Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin to name a few.
If you are fond of the works of Frida Kahlo and other known Mexican artists, you can check out the online collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo. There is also a virtual tour through the museum's halls, which also houses numerous handmade skeleton figures dressed in brightly-colored clothes that can only be attributed to Mexico's distinct celebration of the Day of the Dead.
South Korea celebrated recently the multiple Oscar wins of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite film. And with the Korean culture continuing to gain more recognition around the world, it is also the best time to visit their visual arts scene. Now, you can explore Seoul's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art from the outside and through its four floors.
Besides their online collection on Google, the British Museum in London also offers a different kind of virtual tour to their online spectators. Here, you can follow the history of the world through a visual timeline starting from 2,000,000 BC to 2,000 AD. The timeline is divided into five: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceana, giving the users an easier grasp of the separate histories of these different parts of the world and on where they overlap. You can also specifically follow certain themes in history including Art & Design, Living & Dying, Power & Identity, Religion & Belief, and Trade & Conflict.
If the distinct features of Japanese art pique your interest, then take the tap to Tokyo Fuji Art Museum which houses 30,000 Japanese, Eastern and Western artworks. Through their virtual tour, you can browse 369 items from this immense collection, including painted landscapes, seascapes, and portraits from the Edo Period.
A virtual visit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC through Google Arts & Culture offers online visitors over 42,000 artworks categorized into the following: Baroque, Reinassance, Engraving, Modern Art, Realism, and Early Netherlandish paintings. You can also check out its two exhibits, one showcasing the American fashion from 1740 to 1895, while the other is a collection of the works of the Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
These are just some of the museums you can virtually visit via Google Arts & Culture. You can access the full list on your browser or using the mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS devices. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information.
Homestream image screengrabbed from the Google Arts & Culture website.