- Since the majority of us are spending our days inside right now, MTL Blog figured it's the perfect time to discover famous European museums offering virtual tours.
- Whether you're into art or history, you're just looking for something to do, this list has got something that'll surely pique your curiosity.
Not being able to travel at the moment shouldn't stop us from doing certain things we've always wanted to do. Have you always dreamt about getting to explore The Louvre in Paris or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam? Well, now's your chance to! MTL Blog has made a list of eight famous European museums offering virtual tours right now, so you can satisfy your wanderlust from your couch.
We've already made a list of North American museums offering virtual tours, so I figured now's the time to expand our horizons to the other side of the Atlantic.
Taking a virtual tour one of these renowned European buildings can create an imaginary trip to both a different continent and to a different decade — all without leaving the comfort of your home. A little time travel, anyone?
I've also included video glimpses of the museums to help pique your curiosity.
Some of the virtual tours on this list can only be accessed through the Google Arts & Culture app, but I promise it's worth the download.
If you feel like you're missing out on all the art the world has to offer right now, this list's for you. Happy exploring!
The Louvre, Paris
This virtual tour can be an educational one if you read through all the descriptions of artworks that The Louvre has provided.
The best part of getting to see it virtually? You never have to go into one of the massive lines that the museum sees nearly every day.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
By installing the Google Arts & Culture app, you'll be able to explore street view virtual tours of the Uffizi Gallery.
This iconic museum was designed back in 1560.
It has become home to The Birth Of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, Medusa by Caravaggio, and Doni Tondo by Michelangelo — all artworks which are absolutely worth exploring this museum for.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
If you got the chance to see the "Imagine Van Gogh" exhibition while it was in Montreal and loved it, then this virtual tour's the one for you.
This Dutch museum truly gets inside the mind of Van Gogh and helps you understand the background of some of his most famous works.
Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya does a fantastic job of explaining the historical backgrounds of its different exhibitions.
So, even if you're not an art major, you'll be able to get an in-depth understanding of the pieces you're seeing on the virtual tour.
British Museum, London
Since we can't make our way to London right now, why not bring one of the city's must-sees to us?
Founded in the 18th century, the British Museum focuses on human history, art, and culture and has over eight million works inside it. Pretty insane, right?
You're sure to have tons to see.
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
In English, the museum's name translates to the "Old National Gallery."
This art gallery has pieces from various artist movements, so you'll be getting an art history lesson as you move through your virtual tour.
Plus, you can practice your German at the same time.
This national museum lets you explore the history of the Netherlands, along with the artworks that came about throughout the decades.
Since the Rijksmuseum is so massive in real life, even its virtual tour can take you hours to go through. But if you love art, I'm sure that won't bother you.
Palace of Versailles, France
Virtually touring the Palace of Versailles will make you feel like royalty (since French royalty used to live here). Who doesn't want a castle all to themselves?
This beautiful residence is sure to leave you in awe, even if you're seeing it through a screen.
I hope these virtual tours keep you occupied for a day or two!