Virtual Museum Tours and Art Exhibits to Check Out on Your Next Coffee Break

Published on October 30, 2021

Colorful graphic of a woman on her tablet on a virtual museum tour

Now that society is beginning to open up, many of us are enjoying pre-pandemic activities like in-person shopping, movies and art exhibits once again. However, we won’t soon forget the convenience of being able to do virtually everything (no pun intended) from the comfort of our own homes using just a laptop and an internet connection.

For example, while you may not have the time during your average workday to dash out to an art gallery and get your fill of culture for the day, virtual museum tours and art exhibits are making it possible to soak up more at in your life during your coffee break at home or from the office. Since the start of the pandemic, many art institutions have upped the ante on their online presence to help people continue experiencing the pleasures of art without leaving their homes, which means the digital art world is definitely worth diving into.

Here are five virtual museum tours and art exhibits to check out the next time you have a lull between Zoom calls:

1. National Gallery of Canada

The virtual version of the National Gallery of Canada has plenty of online exhibits and digital resources to help you experience art without leaving home. Check out their selection of online magazines, photo exhibits and videos to get your fill of Canadian arts and culture.

2. The British Museum

Along with Google, The British Museum has developed a stellar interactive tool to help you experience all the fun and excitement of the art world from home on this virtual museum tour. Using the tool, you can travel across continents and through time to explore artistic objects associated with religious beliefs, trade and conflict, power and identity and much more.

3. Musée D’Orsay

Fancy a trip to Paris? Forget the expensive flights and tourist traps — you can check out the city’s historic museums like Musée D’Orsay from the comfort of your own home. Using Google’s Arts and Culture platform, you can view hundreds of artworks from the museum including oil paintings, modern art and impressionism. Plus, you can take a virtual tour of the museum itself so you can really immerse yourself in the experience.

4. MoMA

If modern art is more your speed, you may want to check out the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Virtual Views series, which includes virtual explorations of various exhibits featuring curators to provide insights and commentary. There are currently several exhibits available for viewing through the Virtual Views series including drawings by Cézanne and a series of artworks gathered by artist Yto Barrada.

5. Van Gogh Museum

Also using Google’s Arts and Culture tool, you can take a virtual tour of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of the artist’s works in the world. Click through hundreds of Van Gogh works spanning a range of styles such as oil painting, modern art and post-impressionism, as well as online exhibits covering topics like the artist’s love life.

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.