Best virtual tours of museums

Posted on 16 June 2024 By Louise Bell

Winter provides a number of rainy and cold weather conditions around South Africa, so you might find yourself limited if you’re not willing to brace for the cold outdoors. Luckily, planning a winter staycation filled with cultural activities, such as virtual museum tours, is the perfect opportunity to beat the blues.

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Are you curious about the most captivating virtual museum tours in the world? Here are a few exceptional choices that will immerse you in the rich tapestry of history, culture, and art in the digital realm. Get ready to be captivated by these immersive experiences, which are available for free to enjoy.

Louvre Museum

A VR experience in the Petite Galerie in the Louvre, a digital walk in this museum, is the perfect way to experience a treasure trove of exhibits. You can view this space with a 3D blueprint of the rooms to explore, or you can opt to roam and click your way through for a real ‘walk in the museum’ experience.

From Renaissance masterpieces to performing art displays, this online activity will have you bewildered by the sheer mass of items ready to be viewed by digital eyes.

Van Gogh Museum

One of history’s most significant and tragic artists, the Van Gogh Museum is a must for individuals looking to learn more about the art and man himself. As the most extensive collection of Van Gogh pieces in the world on display, you’ll find yourself gazing the afternoon away at his masterful brush strokes.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the museum’s four floors and a variety of online exhibits curated explicitly for this digital medium of loving art.

Vatican Museum

What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than touring a space filled to the brim with Italian art excellence? The Vatican Museum offers a virtual experience of various rooms in this popular tourist attraction, most notably the incredible artistry of the ceilings in the Sistine Chapel.

With 360 views and zoom functions in a seemingly empty museum, this virtual experience is also the ultimate way to explore this space without swarms of tourists swerving past. Other stellar displays to experience and navigate online in this museum are Raphael’s Rooms and the New Wing.

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