Time to Travel the World …

Virtually!

Virtual Travel for Art and Culture

Today, Friday, 13th of March 2020, the government of Spain declared a state of emergency. Spain currently has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Europe after Italy.

So, in compliance with the latest government regulations, schools, museums, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and some shops are to remain closed for at least 15 days and everyone is expected to stay home…. self-quarantined. 

Some people think of this as a life sentence. We, at Postcards from Valencia, think of it as a break from our busy lives; giving us the time to reconnect, albeit virtually, with friends and families through phone calls, Skype or FaceTime and emails. No one is rushing to go somewhere. Stay in pyjamas all day if you want!

For simple entertainment, there is always Netflix or Amazon Prime. But for those interested in expanding your knowledge in the arts, our good friend Google can help you get a little culture and education even while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Let’s start exploring….

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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

 

BERLIN, GERMANY

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

As one of Germany’s largest museums, the virtual tour of the 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 and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Take a virtual trip to La Casa Azul (The Blue House) was the place where Frida Kahlo, the most renowned Latin American artist in the world, came into this world, lived, and took her last breath. Carlos Pellicer, poet and fiend of Frida and Diego designed the museum display after Frida’s death and the house and its contents preserve that intimate atmosphere.

NEW YORK, USA

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

For a rich and varied collection, check out MoMA’s panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art.

Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.

SEOUL, KOREA

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s tour of the National Art Museum in Seoul virtually guides you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Google Arts & Culture’s could not include all popular art museums and galleries. However, some museums offer online visits on their websites.

Click here to view more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums. You will also find over 4500 museums on Street Views on Google too. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

So, no more thinking about your time spent inside being wasted. Instead, think of this as a dedicated cultural growth opportunity. Have fun exploring all the greats!

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