Last Updated on May 18, 2020 by AIFS Abroad
Did you know that you can explore some of the greatest museums from your home? We’ve compiled a list of fun virtual museum tours from around the world for you to enjoy. Curl up with some whipped coffee and get ready to explore world-class museums in your pajamas!
Check out these virtual museum tours from around the world:
Are you dreaming of exploring Argentina? Take a trip inside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires (MACBA)! This museum features modern works by Latin American artists, including cubist, surrealist and abstract art.
Take a virtual journey to Australia! Explore the Australian Museum in Sydney and the exhibits featuring artifacts from Indigenous Australia and the Pacific. Don’t miss the collections of fossils and specimens of native Australian wildlife!
Looking for virtual museum tours in Austria? Explore the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Austria online! View hundreds of masterpieces in modernism and expressionism, including a large collection of works by Austrian painter Egon Schiele. While “visiting” Vienna, take a virtual 360˚ tour of the Albertina! Formerly the city’s largest residential palace during the Habsburg monarchy, the Albertina is now a world-renowned art museum with exhibits spanning from the Impressionist Period to modern art.
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Chile while at home! Located in Santiago, the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) is offering virtual tours of their permanent exhibits dedicated to Chilean and South American art.
Experience the beauty of Costa Rica – virtually! The Jade Museum is offering virtual walkthroughs of its exhibits. Located in San José, this archaeological museum contains the world’s largest collection of American jade!
Discover the rich history and architecture of the Czech Republic! You can virtually tour the National Technical Museum in Prague. Explore architecture of the 19th– and 20th-centuries, plus exhibits on the history of astronomy, transportation and printing.
Next stop: London! Take a virtual tour of The British Museum, one of the most famous museums in England. Explore more than 60 galleries virtually, including exhibits featuring Egyptian sculptures, Aztec mosaics and art from the Roman Empire.
Ready to travel to France? Take a virtual tour of the most famous museum in Paris – the Louvre! Explore the collection of Egyptian artifacts and take a closer look at da Vinci’s Mona Lisa through virtual reality!
Also in Paris, the Musée d’Orsay offers a virtual tour through Google Arts & Culture. Learn how an old rail station was renovated into the famous museum, plus explore masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir and more.
Satisfy your wanderlust (for now) with a virtual trip to Germany! Explore Egyptian art and prehistoric artifacts at the Neues Museum in Berlin. Located on the city’s “Museum Island”, the Neues Museum was heavily damaged in the bombing of Berlin in World War II and did not reopen to public until 2009.
After your virtual visit to Berlin, take a 360˚ virtual tour of the Deutsches Museum in Munich! Explore the world’s largest museum of science and technology from home. This massive museum has about 28,000 objects on exhibit – and it once hosted concerts by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John!
Immerse yourself in ancient history through a virtual trip to Greece! Located in Athens, the Acropolis Museum is dedicated to housing all artifacts found at the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. Enjoy a virtual walkthrough and view sculptures and other artifacts from ancient civilizations.
Virtually explore the Budapest Hall of Art (Műcsarnok Kunsthalle)! This contemporary art museum located in a historic building in Hungary. Browse dozens of virtual tours of exhibits featuring modern paintings, fashion, photography, sculptures and more.
Take a virtual trip to India! Explore art and artifacts at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Don’t miss the collections focusing on the textile history of India and art dedicated to Buddha!
Discover the rich literary history of Ireland from your home! Enjoy a virtual walkthrough of the The Chester Beatty museum and library. Located on the grounds of Dublin Castle, The Chester Beatty is home to manuscripts, art and rare books around the world.
Take a virtual trek to Italy! Enjoy “Hypervisions”, a virtual 360˚ tour of the world-renowned Uffizi Museum in Florence. Stroll through the Hall of the Dynasties and other exhibits and gaze upon some of the most influential masterpieces in art history.
Looking for even more art and history? You can also experience the stunning beauty of the Sistine Chapel and more through the 360˚ virtual museum tours of the Vatican Museums!
Ready to virtually explore New Zealand? You can explore the online collections from New Zealand’s national museum, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Next, take a virtual walkthrough of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The Gallery is home to collections featuring important works by Māori and Pacific Island artists.
Did you know you can explore Portugal from home? Take a virtual tour of the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA-Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga) in Lisbon. With over 40,000 items, the MNAA collection has the largest number of works classified by the State as “national treasures”. You can also enjoy a 360˚ virtual tour of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Located in Lisbon, the museum is home to collections of ancient Greco-Roman artifacts, as well as masterpieces from famous arts such as Monet, Renoir, Manet and Rembrandt.
Take a virtual trip to Russia! Explore the State Hermitage Museum, a world-class museum housed within the Winter Palace (formerly the home of the Russian tsars)! Experience the stunning architecture of the Palace, plus see masterpieces by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and other famous artists in high-definition.
Explore the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in South Africa – from the comfort of your home! JAG features a large contemporary collection of 20th-century South African art, plus pieces by Rembrandt. The museum primarily focuses on modern South African paintings, drawings, photography and more.
Itching to travel to Spain? Virtually visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid! Browse the Thyssen’s permanent collections from the 13th to the late 20th century, including works by Rembrandt. Then, “travel” to Barcelona for a look inside the history of the Picasso Museum and the city through an interactive virtual tour.
Bonus: Here are even more virtual trips around the world!
- While it isn’t a tour of a museum, you can virtually explore the Galapagos Islands! Experience the unique ecosystem through the eyes of Darwin and go behind the scenes of the Google Maps project to expand mapping in the Galapagos – including panoramic virtual dives!
- Explore Barbados and the culture of the Caribbean online! You can also take a peek into the Barbados Olympics Museum in Bridgetown on YouTube.
- End your virtual world travels in Northern Ireland. Take a walkthrough of the Titanic Belfast Museum on YouTube!
Ready to plan your trip to see these places in real life?
At AIFS, our all-inclusive study abroad programs include excursions to cultural sites and landmarks – including many of the museums above!