With museums and art galleries closed for the foreseeable future, people can still enjoy the collections of many leading institutions from the comfort of their own homes.
The online experiences range from the more academic – where you can view detailed information about individual pieces – to immersive tours through a gallery or museum. For those of you with access to a smartphone or tablet, you could even dabble with an app like Pinterest to bookmark the works that you like and create your own arts albums for future reference.
Google Arts and Culture is probably the most comprehensive resource for virtually visiting a number of leading galleries from around the world, including more than 130 in the UK alone. Many of these use 360 degree images meaning that you can move around rooms by dragging your finger or mouse. The Arts and Culture app also lets you experiment with taking a photo of yourself and seeing what paintings you resemble, as well as using any photo on your device and applying famous artistic styles to it.
What you will need
- An internet connection to connect to the virtual tours.
- A tablet, smartphone or computer to view the virtual tours on.
- The relevant app on your device if viewing on a tablet or smartphone.
The Google Arts and Culture app is available for both Android devices and iPads or iPhones. To install the app, visit the appropriate link below on the device you intend to use.
Virtual gallery links
Below is a small selection of the virtual gallery and museum tours available using Google Arts and Culture.