Need more international culture? Go to a Museum from Your Couch

Looking for some new entertainment?  You can tour these famous museums from home!
Here are 12 of the world’s incredible museums:

British Museum, London

Egyptian Mummy

The British Museum is dedicated to art, culture and human history. It’s collection of eight million works is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The collection covers human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was established 267 years ago! Take the virtual tour.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Red Lily Pads, Alexander Calder

The museum houses a collection of  Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works. The museum is housed in landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is in a unique, cylindrical building, wider at the top than at the bottom,  a “temple of the spirit”. Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous staircase.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The Washington Family, Edward Savage

The National Gallery has two online exhibits: one of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras and  one of the Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer. The National Gallery of Art has an attached Sculpture Garden. The Gallery’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts follows the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present. It has a painting by Leonardo da Vinci and a mobile by Alexander Calder.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Apples and Oranges,  Paul Cézanne

The Musee d’Orsay primarily holds art from France from 1848 to 1914. It holds the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. It has works by Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Seurat and Sisley. Musee d’Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe. You can  do a virtual walk through.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

On the Sea, Yoo Youngkuk

Seoul is the newest of the four branches of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA). It exhibits global contemporary art.  It can show every mode of art as it ihas multiple facilities, including a library, theater, and a multipurpose hall. Google’s virtual tour takes you through exhibits of  Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

17th Century Necklace

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon..

The Antiquity Collection or Antikensammlung goes back to the prince-electors of Brandenburg who collected objects from antiquity and contains sculpture from the archaic to Hellenistic ages as well as artwork from Greek and Roman antiquity.  The main exhibits are the Pergamon Altar from the 2nd century BC, with a 113 meters (371 ft) long sculptural frieze depicting the struggle of the gods and the giants, and the Gate of Miletus from Roman antiquity.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Landscape at twilight, Vincent van Gogh

Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Wounded Foot, Joaquin Sorolla

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Judith Beheading Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi

This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.

MASP, São Paulo

Ismael Ivo,  Madalena Schwartz

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo has possibly the most important collection of European art in the southern hemisphere. it holds over 11 thousand artworks: paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, videos and pieces of clothing from various periods, from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Take a virtual tour.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Aztec Stone-of-the-Sun

World’s largest collection of ancient Mexican art, including the Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar, a recreation of Pakal’s tomb in Maya exhibit room, and a Jade mask of the Zapotec Bat God in Oaxaca exhibit room.

2 comments on “Need more international culture? Go to a Museum from Your Couch

  1. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of this? I used to teach art, and my high school students studied, among others, Alexander Calder. One of the most rewarding things my students did was take photos of themselves standing on that circular stairs, overlooking Calder’s sculpture.


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