At the moment, your Museum Card is of no use to you. It can sit unused in your wallet. Visiting a nice museum in the UK, Ireland, the US or somewhere else during your city trip isn’t an option either but don’t worry: you can see the most beautiful art by the most famous artists in real life at home. So, step into the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, browse through the MoMa collection in New York and of course finish off with a visit to our very own British Museum in London. What a delight!
Virtual tour of the most beautiful museums in the world
These are the ten most beautiful museums in the world that you can visit by virtual tour. This is mainly made possible by Google’s Arts & Culture. This digital platform collaborates with hundreds of museums all over the world. This way, you can still see art from all ages and all corners of the world on your own computer or tablet. You can bring world-famous works to your own living room. So, let’s enjoy the 10 virtual tours of the most beautiful museums in the world to the max:
1. British Museum, London, UK
The British Museum is the national museum of the United Kingdom. The immense complex is located in London. The collection of artefacts belongs to the largest collections in the world. The museum has an extensive collection covering more than a million years of the history of mankind. Many find this one of the most beautiful museums in the world for a reason.
2. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is not only world-famous because of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. In some 80 rooms, you’ll find no fewer than 8,000 Dutch masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the Mondrian era. The beautiful museum building was designed by the Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers.
3. Uffizi Museum, Florence, Italy
Palazzo degli Uffizi is a palace in Florence, which houses one of the oldest and most important art museums in the world: the Galleria degli Uffizi in Italian. You will find masterpieces by mainly Italian artists from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era. Most of the works of art come from the private collection of several generations of the very wealthy Medici family.
4. Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany
The Pergamon Museum is one of the biggest and most famous museums in Berlin. The archaeological museum is located on the Museumsinsel. Here you find works of art from the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and the Islamic world. In the middle of the museum is a huge pergamon altar. The museum owes its name to this.
5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
The Musée d’Orsay in Paris shows the history of Western art between 1848 and 1914. The Impressionist art collection is world famous. You will come across masterpieces by Cézanne, Monet and Gaugain. The building in which the museum is housed used to serve as a train station and is already an attraction in itself.
6. National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
The National Museum of Anthropology is considered by many to be the best museum in Mexico. There are several masterpieces of Mayan culture in the anthropological museum. You can see the Aztec Stone of the Sun, Olmeek heads from Tabasco, treasures from the cenotes of Chichén Itzá and a statue of Tlaloc from Teotihuacán.
7 National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Korean art is unknown to many. At the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul you can discover it. In addition to traditional Korean art, the museum has a strong focus on modern Korean art. Since its foundation in 1969, the museum has grown into one of the most beautiful museums in the world.
8. MASP, São Paulo, Brazil
The Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, as MASP is called in full, is Brazil’s most important and largest art museum. The museum houses an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures from the 14th century to the present day. You can even admire Rembrandt’s art. Of course, you’ll also find a large collection of modern Brazilian art.
9. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a museum of modern art on the famous 5th Avenue. The Guggenheim museums later came to Bilbao and Venice. The building is a showpiece in itself because of its special architecture and the exhibition space consists of an enormous spiral shape, which also can be seen outside. The works of art are exhibited along a spiral running through the entire building.
10. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
The J. Paul Getty Museum is an art museum in Brentwood, a district in western Los Angeles. The museum displays collections of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day. No fewer than 1.3 million visitors a year are impressed by the collection built up by the wealthy oil magnate J. Paul Getty.
Other virtual tours of the most beautiful museums in the world
Is your preferred museum not on this list? Don’t worry, because on Google Arts & Culture you will find many more virtual tours. So, go ahead and take a look at hundreds of other locations. You’ll not only see museums like the Van Gogh Museum or the Hermitage in St. Petersburg but also top attractions like the Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Coliseum in Rome. Finally, you can search the Google website for specific works of art, artists or themes. It’s even possible to take a look at temporary exhibitions of museums that are officially already closed. This will give you days of cultural inspiration for your next trip!