Virtual tours – The Louvre, the Uffizi, the British Museum, the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Hermitage, the Vatican Museums, the Prado and the Metropolitan Museum in Washington.
Staying at home to protect yourself and to protect others from Coronavirus infection can also be an opportunity to take time to visit unknown places or rediscover treasures already seen. One of these opportunities is offered by many museums around the world, which offer virtual tours.
Here is a list of 10 museums to visit from home: virtual tours and online collections.
1. The Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan
2. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence
3. The Vatican Museums in Rome
4. The Archaeological Museum in Athens
5. The Prado in Madrid
6. The Louvre in Paris
7. The British Museum in London
8. The Metropolitan Museum in New York
9. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg
10. The National Gallery of Art in Washington
Thanks to the Internet we can “explore the world” even from home. The virtual tour is a technology that manages to bring, via the internet, to the computer screen, high-resolution images that can be explored in three dimensions (3D), interactive as if you were really in the photographed place. Virtual tours are also an excellent resource for children, to show them the wonders of the world, to study and learn.
Google Art Project is the new Google site that has photographed several museums in the world in 3D, for a complete virtual visit, using Street View technology.
On the site you can currently explore: Versailles in Paris, Berlin Museums, Madrid (Reina Sofia and Tyssen), New York Metropolitan, National Gallery in London, Uffizi in Florence, Van Gogh in Amsterdam and several others). On Google Art Project you can see high resolution and enlarged photos of the works of each museum and you can save your favourite images on your own personal account. The online museum tours are not yet so widespread but you can visit the museums, even if only partially, via the relative internet pages.
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