- Virtual tours are now free through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts mobile app.
- The museum is closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but Montrealers can still enjoy some culture — even in quarantine.
Though times are tough, heroes everywhere are spreading hope and stepping up for their communities. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is among them. The institution is making its virtual exhibition tours free while it remains closed as a protective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"We need the healing powers of art in our lives now more than ever," a statement reads.
"While the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) may be closed, its virtual doors remain wide open."
A spokesperson for the MMFA confirmed to MTL Blog that it's making tours on its app available to the general public free of charge.
All virtual visitors need to do is download the museum app (available on the App Store and Google Play) and select the "Tours" tab.
There, users can select from a variety of exhibitions and navigate through images of important works along with comprehensive descriptions.
Perhaps most excitingly, the MMFA is making audio tours of its Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition free, as well.
"From the comforts of their own home, people can now learn about the fascinating lives of six individuals who lived in ancient Egypt."
"Listeners will enjoy a richly detailed account of this British Museum production as well as access to myriad images and hidden secrets of these ancient mummies."
The MMFA isn't the only museum to highlight its online services as social distancing measures take hold.
Live video feeds at aquariums across the U.S. and Canada make it possible to watch fish and aquatic mammals from the comfort of your bed.
History and archeology enthusiasts can also take a virtual tour of Montreal's Pointe-à-Callière Museum on its website.
Virtual Tours Of The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
Where: Through the MMFA mobile app
When: Anytime you want!
Why You Have To Do It: To explore one of Montreal's finest institutions even in quarantine.