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10 Famous Museums You Can Visit Without Leaving the House

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It’s looking more and more like this whole social distancing and quarantine situation is going to last more than a few weeks, which means whether you’re stuck at home by yourself or with kiddos, we’re all going to be looking for different things to keep us occupied from the couch.

I mean, there are only so many shows on Netflix.

And it’s a lot, but we’re talking about months on end, here!

If you’re home attempting to teach your feral children, well, this list of museums and galleries that offer virtual walkthroughs needs to be tattooed on your brain.

10. Pergamon Museum (Berlin, Germany)

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The Ishtar Gate, some parts housed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, was considered as part of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Decorated with animals and striking, blue-glazed bricks, it is more than an archeological find. It is one of those humbling experiences that brings history to the fore with amazing force and beauty and exemplifies the complexity and skill of earlier civilisations. Uncovered in 1902 by German archeologists, some of it was transported to Berlin. According to a BBC article from 2015, the original archeological site in Iraq was turned into a military base by US and Polish troops in the early 2000s, which severely damaged what remained and put a stop to future potential discoveries. #berlinmuseum #berlin #berlinsights #sevenwonders #sevenwondersoftheworld #gatesofbabylon #ishtargate #pergamonmuseum #pergamonmuseumberlin #ancientwonders #archeology #archeology #ancientcivilization #babylon #colonialism #ancientartifacts #lion #archeological #germanytrip #germanmuseum

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Berlin is home to many museums, and Pergamon is one of the largest. The historical building hosts ancient artifacts like the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, among many others.

9. The British Museum (London, England)

The museum is offering a virtual tour that includes many different historical periods and even close-up looks at Egyptian mummies. Don’t miss it!

8. Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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In order to honor the dual artistic provenance of Van Gogh (French 🇫🇷 & Dutch 🇳🇱), @vangoghsartandletters teamed up with @lettresazoe, an aspiring literature professional, providing us with this beautiful text for the painting Sunflowers, third version : blue green background, Oil on canvas, 91 × 72 cm, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany . . . . 🌻💛 "Ces fleurs rappellent les beaux jours. Si seulement leurs échos étaient plus doux, et leurs voix moins rauques. Elles raisonnent et glissent des mots désuets. Fanées, elles resplendiront dans un bleu azur, chaud et réconfortant. Je respire leur calme et me détache de la lumière de l’aube. Une épaisse odeur de sable vient caresser mes os et l’ennui morne des silences absents laisse entendre une mer trop fragile et un destin bleu. Ce sont des gestes lisses et longs qui parsèment mes yeux d’une lueur ensoleillée rougissant d’un amour si grand qu’il ne saurait contenir un temps si précieux : la contemplation de la douceur légère d’une brise dorée."🌻💛 . . #vangogh #art #artist #vincentvangogh #painting #arte #sketch #picasso #starrynight #drawing #monet #fineart #paris #museum #watercolor #impressionism #vangoghmuseum #yaletowngallery #photography #vangoghsouvenirs #artwork #artistsoninstagram #paint #oilpainting #love #manet #france #vangoghart #portrait #bhfyp

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Get up close and personal with the famous painter by viewing over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters, all in one space.

7.  Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Take a Google Street View tour to see several masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, from Vermeer to Rembrandt.

6. The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California)

The works of art here harken back as far as the 8th century, and you can check them all out via Google Street View.

5. National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.)

The museum offers two online exhibitions, one featuring American fashions from 1740-1895 and the other showing works from Dutch Baroque artist Johannes Vermeer.

4. MASP (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

You can take a virtual tour through the first-of-its-kind, non-profit museum that’s home to more than 10,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and costumes through a range of historical periods.

3. Guggenheim Museum (New York, New York)

Google Street View will let you walk the museum’s famous spiral staircase and view art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary eras.

2. Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)

This gallery is home to the art collection of the de’Medicis, one of the most famous families in the country’s history.

1. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, South Korea)

You can access one of the most popular museums in Korea from anywhere in the world using their virtual tour, which takes you through six floors of contemporary art from Korea and beyond.

I can definitely already see that brain breaks like this will be necessary, and even fun!

I mean, what better way to pass the time than improving ourselves, right? Art makes everything the slightest bit better, too, and these days we’ll take whatever good we can get.