7 Museums You Can Visit Online

7 Museums You Can Visit Online

By: Julia Prendergast

Are you looking for something to keep you busy while you’re social distancing at home? We’ve put together a list of a variety of different museums, from world-class attractions to local haunts, that are offering free online tours.


The Louvre

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. 🇫🇷 #CeJourLà en 1989, la Pyramide du Louvre était inaugurée ! 🔺 – 🎉 En 2019, le musée a choisi de célébrer les 30 ans de l’œuvre de Ieoh Ming Pei avec une série d’événements exceptionnels. Pour le lancement des festivités, l’artiste français @jr fut invité à réaliser un collage collaboratif et monumental autour de la Pyramide ! – – – – 🌎 #OnThisDay in 1989, the Louvre Pyramid was inaugurated! 🔺 – 🎉 In 2019, the museum chose to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the monument of Ieoh Ming Pei with an array of festive events. The program of events began with the monumental and collaborative work by French artist JR! – 📸 © JR-ART.net . . . #JRauLouvre #30ansPyramide #Louvre #MuseeDuLouvre #IMPei #IeohMingPei #LouvrePyramid #PyramideDuLouvre

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The Louvre itself is one of Paris’s iconic historic monuments, though it is also home to works from Michelangelo and other famous artists. You can take a look around the museum from the comforts of your own home, learning more about the history of the Louvre’s rare artifacts. Click here to start the tour!


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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#WorkoftheWeek: For the series “I Got Up” (1968–79), On Kawara sent two postcards every day to friends, family members, collectors, and colleagues. On each card, he stamped the date, his name, his current address, the name and address of the recipient, and the phrase "I GOT UP AT" (always in English and capital letters), followed by the time he rose from bed. Tourist picture postcards were always used, and the text was aligned in a similar way each time. The mass production of postcards and mechanical stamps contrasts with the handmade nature of the work. __ Details from “I Got Up,” (1968–79), part of the artist’s 2015 retrospective “On Kawara—Silence.” © On Kawara #OnKawara #Guggenheim #MuseumFromHome

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Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect behind the Guggenheim, created an impressive New York City landmark with his work on this museum. You can see work from Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian to Franz Marc on their extravagant online collection here.


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

This Washington, D.C. museum is one of the most-visited in the world. Viewers are welcomed into the museum with a room-by-room online walking tour, including exhibits such as the Insect Zoo and the Dinosaurs. Check it all out here!


The Dali Theatre-Museum 

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CITA CON LOS SUEÑOS DE DALÍ «Ya ve usted —me dijo Salvador Dalí— que gran parte de la vida nos la pasamos durmiendo y durante el acto de dormir ni que decir tiene que lo más atractivo es soñar. Pues bien, estos sueños se verifican en blanco y negro, cosa incomprensible para el siglo en que vivimos. […] ¿Qué es lo que le sucede al cerebro para que siempre sueñe en gris? La explicación a mi juicio es sencilla. Los sueños se provocan muchas veces de acuerdo con las sensaciones exteriores que percibe nuestro cuerpo. […] Pues bien, partiendo de que nos podemos provocar sensaciones visuales luminosas mientras dormimos, es completamente seguro que los sueños se producirán en technicolor.» Dr. A. L. de Lamela, «Sueños en technicolor», El Diario de Nueva York, New York, 17/02/1952. Imagen: Eric Schaal. Salvador Dalí con la obra Shirley Temple, el monstruo sagrado más joven del cine contemporáneo, 1939. Eric Schaal © Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2020 Drets d’imatge de Salvador Dalí reservats. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2020

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This museum is entirely dedicated to artwork by Salvador Dali, and is located in Catalonia, Spain. On their virtual walking tour, you can experience the history of both Dali’s life and career.


The Bytown Museum 

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Did you know that Ottawa’s beautiful old City Hall, located on the southeast corner of Elgin between Queen and Albert Streets, was destroyed by fire on March 31, 1931? Known as the “Second City Hall” the lovely second empire edifice was designed by Ottawa architects Horsey and Sheard in 1877 to replace the aging first hall which had been the original West Ward Market building, and was converted for municipal use in 1849. 🏛 . Watch for this week’s “Throwback Thursday” post to see a photo of the original town hall/West Ward Market building. 🔜 . . . #613History #BytownMuseum #Museum #Ottawa #MyOttawa #OttCity #cityhall #townhall #oldphoto #architecture #fire #firefighter #throwback #archive #collection

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Check out the Commissariat, Ottawa’s oldest stone building, from home with the Bytown Museum’s virtual tour! You can explore their three floors of exhibitions and learn more about the amazing artefacts housed there.


Canadian Museum of Nature

Ottawa’s Canadia Museum of Nature is also offering virtual tours! While it may not be as crazy as Nature Nocturne, you still get to see all of the animals, artefacts, and insights the museum has to offer!


Canada Science and Technology Museum

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, the Science and Technology Museum is offering a variety of different online educational programs and tours. From aviation and space to a tour of the Governor General’s rail car, no one will be disappointed!