Virtual Exhibitions and Tours

 

Whilst many of the doors of the world's galleries and museums are closed they are instead finding ways to reach people at home. 

From full 360 degree museum tours, to spotlights on world famous artists, here are just some of the museums and galleries to explore.

 

 

 

Explore the exhibitions:

Warburg Institute

British Museum, London

The British Museum's online collection allows visitors to search over four million object records online or take a look at the collection highlights and stories.

You can find out more about the British Museum's collection in each of their galleries, plus you can also take a virtual tour of Prints and Drawings and Oceania.

Four Corners, London

Another Eye

During the 1930s, over 70,000 refugees came to Britain from Nazi-dominated Europe. Amongst them were a surprising number of women photographers.

Four Corner's Another Eye exhibition brings together work by 17 of these women. Two of the women, Heidi Heimann and Erna Mandowsky, worked in the Warburg Institute's Photographic Collection.

Explore the online exhibition

courtauld gallery

Courtauld Gallery, London

The Courtauld Gallery's virtual tour uses a new photographic technique to show the Gallery in exceptional close-up quality.

You can roam each room of the Gallery and zoom in to look closely at masterpieces such as Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear or Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.

national gallery

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery is home to thousands of publicly owned artworks from the UK and Europe, spread across 18 rooms, which you can visit with the National Gallery’s 360 degree tool.

You can also take a video tour of the exhibition Titian: Love, Desire, Death on Facebook.

NHS

Wellcome Collection, London

The History of the NHS

This six-part series explores the immense significance of the NHS to the British people. From its founding in July 1948, to the unprecedented pressures it faces today, Cal Flyn documents critical moments in the organisation’s history.

Anglo Saxons

British Library, London

The British Library has 42 online exhibitions to explore including amongst others:

 A History of Magic

 A History of Writing

Anglo-Saxons

the met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collections and previous exhibitions via their Google Arts & Culture page

The Met also has a timeline of art history, where you can study the development of artistic practice from 8,000 BC to the present.

hand statue

The National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg

De Mena, Murillo, Zurbarán | Masters of the Spanish Baroque

This online exhibition is a unique opportunity to get to know this neglected aspect of the Spanish Golden Age and to discover baroque art entirely committed to religious belief. In addition to renowned masters such as Murillo and Zurbarán, eight hyperrealist sculptures of the important baroque sculptor Pedro De Mena form the high point of the exhibition.

National Museum in Krakow

Today, the largest repository of works of art in Poland is available online. The website showcases over 130 000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, handicrafts and more, from Poland and across the world.

Background information and educational content accompanies the published works of art and can be used as educational tools for a variety of target audiences and ages. The site also allows users to download high-resolution images and use them for any purpose they want.

the frick collection

The Frick Collection, New York

The Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.

From Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture to Piero della Francesca in America to Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection​, there are a total of 29 virtual exhibitions to explore on their website as well as a virtual tour of the building itself.

pace gallery

Pace Gallery, London 

Pace is a contemporary art gallery representing many significant international artists and estates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Pace’s online viewing rooms offer online exhibitions of their artists' work and exhibitions. 

Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

The Pitt Rivers Museum is a museum displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford in England. 

Explore the museum in 3D.

Museum Barberini, Potsdam

Monet: Places

The Museum Barberini's exhibition Monet: Places is one of the biggest retrospectives ever devoted to the artist by a German museum. Take an exhibition walkthrough and listen to interviews with leading scholars on Impressionist painting. 

the morgan library

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

The Morgan Library & Museum has a host of online content available from previous exhibitions.

Take a tour of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library and listen to the audio guide or view a selection of works from the Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands exhibition that explores the evolution of courtly clothing from around 1330 to 1515.

The Newberry Library, Chicago

Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700

The Newberry's Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 exhibition views the Reformation through the eyes of the people—clergy and laity, rebels and regulators, preachers and teachers—who experienced the social, cultural, and political transformations it thrust into their lives.

Explore the books, images, maps, and manuscripts reflecting the hope and fear, anxiety and certainty, and protest and violence that shaped the modern world in this online exhibition.

uffizi galleries

Uffizi Galleries, Florence

The Uffizi Galleries are famous worldwide for their outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern period). The collections of paintings from the 14th-century and Renaissance period include some absolute masterpieces: Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, in addition to many precious works by European painters (mainly German, Dutch and Flemish).

Explore the galleries online in this Google Arts & Culture tour. 

View the online exhibition of Dante-themed works from the Uffizi’s collections

sistine chapel roof

Vatican Museums, Vatican City

The Vatican Museums display works from the immense collection amassed by the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

Explore the Vatican Museum spaces, including the Sistine Chapel in these 360-degree tours.

pieter bruegel

Bruegel: Unseen Masterpieces

Delve into this virtual experience that unites major museums' collections with new technology - bringing the hidden details and stories of the artworks to life. Immerse yourself in Bruegel’s richly textured world using Virtual Reality technology and super high-resolution Gigapixel imagery. 

Explore the Google Cultural Institute online exhibition

van eyck

Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution

This year the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent hosted the biggest exhibition ever of Jan Van Eyck. Till-Holger Borchert, Director Museums Bruges, and one of the exhibition curators take a tour of the galleries in this virtual tour. 

 

Raphael 1520 - 1483

Five hundred years after the death of Raphael Sanzio, the Scuderie del Quirinale in Italy paid homage to the Renaissance artist in their recent exhibition Raphael 1520 - 1483. 

Take a walk through the exhibition in this video