The Met 360° Project: Great Hall

Whilst museums and galleries may have shut their doors for the time being, it is still possible to see the art and artefacts they house via the wonders of modern technology. From videos, to 360° tours, interactive maps and zoomable imagery you can gawp and gaze at the world's culture from the comfort of your very own home. Here's a selection of the best:

The National Portrait Gallery, London
Trafalgar Square may be deserted, but you can take a gander through The National Portrait Gallery’s seven exhibition spaces via their virtual tour. With two thousand publically owned works of art, there is plenty to keep you busy.

The Vatican Museums, Rome
Get your ecclesiastical groove on by having a look around the Vatican’s virtual tour, which includes the Sistine Chapel. The interactive platform allows for a full 360° view  of their museum, so remember to look at the ceilings!

The Vatican Museums

The Louvre, Paris
The Lourve has numerous virtual tours of exhibitions held in its different galleries: from paintings by Delacroix and Rembrandt to Pharaonic busts and the remains of the fortress that was transformed into the museum itself, you can faire une promenade through the museum via your laptop and your mind.

The British Museum, London
Fancy having a look at Egyptian mummies from your living room? Well, the British Museum’s 360° view allows you see Tut himself up close and personal. And should your curiosity be sparked, their infographic section, History Connected, provides more info about the objects housed in the museum.

The Natural History Museum

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
The Musée d’Orsay is home to the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works of art in the world. Their virtual tour covers the masters, from Monet to Cézanne and also includes a section on the history of the building itself.

Natural History Museum, London
The Natural History Museum’s tour allows you to travel through their gallery spaces and corridors passing dinosaurs, dodos and multifarious other flora and fauna along your way (all sans the usual hordes of trailing school children).

The National Portrait Gallery

La Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum that is sponsored by the LVMH group. Currently they are running three separate digital events a week, an exhibition, concert and  masterclass showcased on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. #LVFfromhome

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Over 11 million people have ‘visited’ the Met via their 360° Project. Their videos allow you to virtually traverse their museum, including The Met Cloisters, all from your sofa.

V&A, London
The V&A is more than just a very nice café. It also has some interesting bits and bobs in it you can look at. Here you can watch a video which considers the objects in their Medieval & Renaissance wing and the people who curate and conserve them.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil
MASP’s virtual gallery platform allows you to look around frankly loads of exhibition and gallery spaces. Their current exhibition Picture Gallery In Transformation displays some of their paintings on glass easels, but there’s also plenty of fashion and textiles, if that is your jam.

The Tate Modern, London
In this virtual tour of the Blavatnik Building, the Tate Modern’s director Frances Morris (and Nick Grimshaw for some inexplicable reason) highlights some of the work that is housed there, including one of Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider sculptures.

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