This year, International Museum Day is quite special this Monday May 18th, 2020. As 90% of museums are closed across the world because of the coronavirus epidemic, we must stay digital.
And since you may miss the Louvre or the musée d'Orsay, we’ve decided to provide you with a selection of museums offering virtual tours of their exhibition rooms. Seeing paintings and sculptures in their natural environment without leaving your couch is still a good thing to do for art lovers, isn’t it?
Virtual museum tours in Paris and Île-de-France:
Discover the Louvre even if confined
The Louvre, as other museums, is closed until further notice. Despite the lockdown, you can still enjoy the treasures it contains thanks to different solutions available on its website. Let’s enjoy a free tour!
The Palace of Versailles at home: tours, virtual exhibitions and documentaries
The Palace of Versailles can also be visited from home. As it cannot open for months, the world’s most famous palace opens for a video guided tour and virtual exhibitions.
Coronavirus: Centre Pompidou proposes digital tours and entertainments
Because of the coronavirus epidemic and as part of the #CultureChezNous measure set up by the Minister for Culture, Centre Pompidou has released a new offer of digital contents easily available on all screens, turning its website into a content hub. A playful manner to approach art while staying at home!
Coronavirus: the Grand Palais and its exhibitions from the comfort of your living room
To keep you busy while confined because of the coronavirus, the Grand Palais offers you to virtually visits its exhibition area and invites you to enjoy entertainments and tours available for the entire family. Digital collections, entertainments for children, anecdotes… improve your knowledge from your sofa!
Coronavirus: the Atelier des Lumières come to you
Despite being able to go to the Atelier des Lumières because of coronavirus, it’s the Atelier des Lumières that comes to you! How come? Through different experiences such as discover one work per day or entertainments for children. Perfect to spend time and escape while confined.
Coronavirus: enjoy a virtual tour of Paris Museum of Modern Art
Calling all art lovers! Despite coronavirus, Paris Museum of Modern Art invites you to virtually discover its areas from your home. How come? With a 360° virtual tour for a total immersion…
Coronavirus: discover the Fondation Louis Vuitton and its weekly program to discover at home
Because of the coronavirus epidemic and the confinement, the Fondation Louis Vuitton offers us to discover their exhibitions without moving from the comfort of our homes. On the menu as well: concerts, masterclasses and other events.
Coronavirus: Musée Jacquemart-André’s collections as if you were there
Wanting to go to the Musée Jacquemart-André without leaving your home because of the coronavirus pandemic? It’s possible since the Parisian institution invites you to digitally discover its collections. The occasion to have a cultural break in your quarantine.
Coronavirus: discover Musée Rodin’s collections from your home
Amid the coronavirus crises, no visit allowed at the Musée Rodin, well physically speaking…. But you can be amazed by the different works exhibited at the museum since the cultural place offers you to discover its collection digitally, from your home. Collections are available as part of the #CultureChezNous action led by Minister of Culture.
Discover music in a new ear… This is what the SACEM offers you with collections and other exhibitions. A fully digital museum inviting you to discover history in all sizes through sound.
Paris City Museums
Discovering works exhibited at the Musée Cernuschi, the Musée d’Art Moderne, at the Musée de La Libération or at the Petit Palais while staying home? Paris Musées offers you a digital access to its collections for free. All in all, over 320,000 works expect you and invite you to discover their history through virtual exhibitions.
Musée du Quai Branly
The Musée des Arts Premiers virtually opens via the Google "Arts and Culture" project and invites us to discover its collections while waiting for its reopening. Let's make the most of it to discover the permanent collections from Oceania to Africa via Asian arts.
UMA, The Universal Museums of Art
Don’t try and look this museum in Paris, it has no physical address, but the UMA – created by four young French entrepreneurs – offers you to visit its virtual museum including many works of art from private collection, museums from all over the world and from the public record. Ideal to discover art without leaving your couch!
Coronavirus: the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and its collections as if you were there
Because coronavirus is no excuse not to go to museums, MAD Paris-Musée des Arts Décoratifs invites us to digitally discover its collections with a 360° virtual tour, as well as entertainments for children, a drawing contest and many more surprises. Keep reading!
Coronavirus: Monart, the virtual art gallery accessible from your sofa
During the confinement caused by the coronavirus epidemic, art lovers can head to Monart, a virtual art gallery, to discover free of charge and from your sofa, the most beautiful works by contemporary artists from all over the world. You can even buy a work of art from the comfort of your living room!
Muséosphère to explore Paris museums from your home
Playful for children and adults, Muséosphère invites us to discover Paris museums. Thanks to this interactive website, you can visit different museums and learn more about the treasures they hold.
Museums in France and in the world you can visit virtually:
Air France virtual museum
To discover everything about the history of the French airline, head to Air France website and enjoy a tour of their virtual museum. A way to travel without leaving your home!
The Marseilles museum also offers us to discover its collections via the Google "Arts and Culture" project, including many works to enjoy on Mediterranean civilizations.
Coronavirus: virtually visit Claude Monet’s house in Giverny
And what if, to escape while confined because of the coronavirus pandemic, we virtually enjoy a visit to Giverny? This is what the Maison de Claude Monet offers, a museum devoted to the artist set in the painter’s famous house, surrounded by gardens, with an exclusive virtual tour! A way to travel while staying home… Keep reading!
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Dutch painting fans can meet on Amsterdam Rijksmuseum website to discover the museum's collections without having to go out. Collections digitalized by Google as part of the "Arts and Culture" project.
The famous British museum housing one of the most beautiful collection of mummies in the world invites you to discover its many works of art. A beautiful way to improve your knowledge before visiting it in the "flesh" some day.
The Smithonian Museum - an institution among the museums of natural history in the world - also offers you to discover its colletcions via its website. Digitalized works accessible from your couch!
London National Gallery
A tour as if you were there... This is what London National Gallery offers you with a 360° virtual tour of its exhibition rooms and permanent collections. The occasion to discover - among others - works by Titian, Veronese and even Holbein.
New York's MoMa
Calling all fans of Van Gogh, Cezanne and even Gauguin... The MoMa has also put on line, via the Google "Arts and Culture" project its permanent collections and invites you to discover them during lockdown. Let's make the most of it to escape and discover many works known by all of us such as Sterne Nacht by Van Gogh or even La Graine de l'Areoi by Paul Gauguin.
Victoria & Albert Museum in London
You've never had the chance to visit the London Victoria & Albert Museum? Enjoy your lockdown to discover many works of art put on line via the Google "Arts and Culture" project! Balenciaga exhibition, Sciaparelli and surrealism, exhibition on Indian fabric... The choice is all yours!
Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum
After the Rijksmuseum, enjoy works at the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum offering a collection of masterpieces painted by the French Dutch painter! The occasion to learn more about the artist who cut off his own ear.
Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Who never dreamt of seeing The Birth of Venus by Botticelli in Florence? Despite being able to go to Italy, let's virtually viist the museum thanks to the Google "Arts and Culture" project enabling you to discover permanent collections in this high place of Florentine culture.
New York Met
Art of all kind lovers can rush to the New York Met website to discover many works of art digitally available. A 360° virtual tour you can enjoy from your bed or couch!