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9 virtual museum tours from the comfort of your home

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate fine art, natural history or classic film: thanks to these virtual museum tours.

Okay, so you can’t travel, many art fairs like Art Basel Hong Kong have been cancelled or postponed, and iconic museums like Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum have been temporarily closed. You can still satisfy your inner aesthete or history buff though: many museums now offer virtual tours.

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Thankfully, many have partnered with Google Arts & Culture, which offers an array of virtual tours using Google Street View (click here for the full list of galleries). It’s more than just art galleries and museums though: Google Street View provides unfettered access to historical sites in a faraway land. Google Arts & Culture ups the ante with curated content and exhibitions that go into the history of these places.

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No crowds, no queues and no waiting for the hourly tour to begin: for the cultural aficionados among us, here’s our recommendation of the top arts and culture destinations that you can pay a visit to from the comfort of your armchair – or bed.

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  • Virtual Museum Tours The Louvre


    The Louvre

    Home to the enigmatic Mona Lisa, the Parisian museum is often plagued with a never-ending crowd. For now, the iconic glass pyramid and surrounding palace are temporarily empty. It remains the world’s largest art museum with 38,000 objects spread over almost 73,000 square metres. Established in 1792, the museum now offers virtual tours: though for only three exhibits. You can visit the recently-restored Galerie d’Apollon, or explore the remains of the Louvre’s Moat. Alternatively, you can click here to virtually explore the museum.

    Click here to access the virtual tours.

    Photography by Benh Lieu Song.