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World's Best Museums To Visit on Google Arts & Culture

  • Google Arts Culture Art Museums to explore from your home
March 23, 2020
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Google collaborated with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Google Arts & Culture’s collection today includes 2,500 world-class museums and galleries, offering virtual tours and online collections on their pages.

This involved taking a selection of super high-resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than thirty thousand other images into one place. It also included building 360-degree tours of individual galleries using Street View “indoor” technology. Expanding dramatically since it was first launched, it now includes more than 45,000 objects available to view in high resolution and Street View images of over 60 museums around the world.

Here is our pick of 12 of the very best Google Arts & Culture museums that you can virtually visit right now!

Featured images: Google Arts & Culture Museum, screenshots.

  • MoMA Google Arts & Culture

MoMA

The first museum devoted to the modern era, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is celebrated for its rich and varied collection of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art.

Today, the collection includes almost 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects.

Highlights of the online collection include Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Henri Rousseau’s The Dream, Keith Haring’s Untitled, Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (You Invest in the Divinity of the Masterpiece), and Jeff Koons’ Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Two Dr. J. Silver Series, One Wilson Supershot).

Also, be sure to check out the online exhibit Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

  • Explore the virtual tour of Van Gogh Museum Google Arts & Culture from your home

Van Gogh Museum

Located in Amsterdam, The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters, offering much of its content in the section Vincent van Gogh’s Life and Work on the museum’s website.

In the online collection there are The potato eatersSunflowersSelf-Portrait With Grey Felt Hat, and The Harvest.

You can also check out exhibitions Which Books Did Vincent van Gogh Read? and Vincent van Gogh’s Love Life.

  • Explore Musee d'Orsay Google Arts & Culture

Musée d’Orsay

Located in the center of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d’Orsay displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.

In their online Google Arts & Culture presentation, you can see Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, Edgar Degas’s In a Café, Paul Gauguin’s Arearea, James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, and Claude Monet’s Blue Water Lilies.

You can also check out the exhibition From station to the renovated Musée d’Orsay.

  • Explore National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea Google Arts & Culture

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul

Opening its door in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Korea established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art. Today, it has four branches: Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju, continuing to carry out MMCA’s commitment to the art and culture of Korea by enriching the first-hand cultural experience of the viewing public.

Online, you can check out the selection of works by Yoo Youngkuk, Lee Ufan’s From Lines, Yeong-Won Byon’s Untitled Existence, and Park Hyun-Ki’s Pass Through the City, among other works.

There are also four online exhibitions you can see – The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Korean Modern Masters: Yoo Youngkuk 1916-2002Park Hyunki 1942-2000 Mandala, Garden, and Birth of a Museum: Documenting the Construction of MMCA, Seoul.

  • Belvedere Google Arts & Culture

Belvedere

Located in Vienna, the Upper Belvedere houses the impressive collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the heart of the displays of art around 1900 is the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection.

On Google Arts & Culture, you can check out a selection of Klimt’s works such as The Kiss and Adam and Eve, Egon Schiele’s Death and Girl, van Gogh’s The Plain of Auvers, and Oskar Kokoschka’s Still Life with Mutton and Hyacinth.

As for exhibitions, you can browse the one dedicated to The Kiss.

  • State Hermitage Museum Google Arts & Culture

The State Hermitage Museum

One of the largest museums in the world, State Hermitage has a collection that includes over 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, Middle East, Russia and many more epochs, countries and regions.

Growing for two and a half centuries, its collection includes 17,000 paintings and 600,000 graphic works, over 12,000 sculptures and 300,000 works of craft, 700,000 archaeological and 1,000,000 numismatic findings.

Highlights of the online collection include Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son, El Greco’s St’s Peter and Paul, and Diego Velázquez’s Luncheon.

  • Explore Thyssen Bornemisza Google Arts & Culture profile

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

The art museum in Madrid, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum displays nearly one thousand works, offering an overview of the major periods and pictorial schools of western art such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries up to Pop Art.

Highlights in their Google Arts & Culture collection include Degas’s Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green), Gauguin’s Mata Mua (In Olden Times), Franz Marc’s The Dream, and Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Woman with a Parasol in a Garden.

The National Gallery London

Containing over 2,300 works, the collection of the National Gallery London represents all major traditions of Western European painting, from the artists of late medieval and Renaissance Italy to the French Impressionists.

The Google Arts & Culture online collection features Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, Paul Cézanne’s Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Quentin Matsys’ An Old Woman (‘The Ugly Duchess’), and Peter Paul Rubens’ The Judgement of Paris.

You can also check out 12 stories and online exhibitions – Life, death, and our place in the universe: The Ambassadors, Monet’s Rouen painting series, Monet: The Village and the PicturesqueMonet’s LondonMonet: The Water Lily Pond, Monet’s VeniceMonet’s ParisMonet: Snow Scene at Argenteuil, Monet: The Gare St-LazareMonet: The Thames below WestministerMonet: The Museum at Le Havre, and Star Trail.

  • Art Institute of Chicago Google Arts & Culture

The Art Institute of Chicago

Housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States, The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and displays works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods, now containing more than 260,000 artworks and artefacts.

Highlights of the online collection include Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, Piet Mondrian’s Lozenge Composition with Yellow, Black, Blue, Red, and Gray, Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge, Joan Mitchell’s City Landscape, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

  • Explore Tate Google Arts & Culture profile

Tate Britain

Located on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London, Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation.

Online, you can browse through works such as Edward Burra’s The Snack Bar, Mark Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round, David Bomberg’s The Mud Bath, and Walter Sickert’s La Hollandaise.

There are also 8 stories and exhibitions to check out online – RE:CREATE with Tate Britain: FilmRE:CREATE with Tate Britain: FashionRE:CREATE with Tate Britain: Cooking, Meet 500 Years of British ArtRE:CREATE with Tate Britain: ComedyRE:CREATE with Tate Britain: PoetryRE:CREATE with Tate Britain: Music and RE:CREATE with Tate Britain: Photography.

  • J. Paul Getty Museum Google Arts & Culture

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, including European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs.

In their Google Arts & Culture presentation, you can browse through a selection of works by Felice Beato, alongside works such as Walker Evans’ Street Scene, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dorothea Lange’s Abandoned Dust Bowl Home, Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion, Karl Blossfeldt’s Acanthus mollis, and Berenice Abbott’s Untitled (parkway below structure), New York.

You can also check out two exhibitions – Heaven, Hell and Dying Well and Eat, Drink and Be Merry.