8 museums you can explore virtually

8 museums you can explore virtually

Musement has put together a (non-exhaustive!) list of museums and art collections that you can access virtually during confinement.

Why not explore museums around the world from your living room if you can’t make there in person? If the digital age has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is inaccessible so long as we give ourselves the means. Over the years, museums and institutions have made their collections available digitally, and with regular advances in technology, the experience constantly improves and grows more immersive.

Musement has put together a list of eight museums to satisfy your curiosity and enrich your artistic culture without leaving your couch.

1. The Met, New York

Long before the quarantine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York produced a series of six videos entitled the Met 360° Project which offers a virtual tour of the museum. From its emblematic spaces to perspectives inaccessible to the public, the Met reveals itself from every angle.

2. The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Have five hours? (That’s rhetorical, we know you do.) Then you can decide to watch the long version of NymphomaniacLes Misérables by Raymond Bernard or, like us, the five-hour-and-20-minute video shot by Apple at St. Petersburg’s incomparable Hermitage Museum. To demonstrate the impressive autonomy and high visual quality of its iPhone 11, Apple filmed (in one take!) 588 works of art, through 45 galleries of the museum—not bad, right?

3. Guggenheim Museum, New York

A digital collection of the New York Guggenheim, through which it is possible to discover more than 1,700 works of art, is available on the museum’s website. This also includes works from the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The online collection is regularly enriched to provide an even more accurate representation of the permanent collection’s immense scope and diversity, which comprises approximately 8,000 works of art.

4. Louvre Museum, Paris

Super active on the social networks, the Louvre never disappoints. In addition to its Instagram account, which is a must-see, the museum also has a quality Youtube channel, which has been active for several years. On the museum’s official website, you can explore the “Online Media” section, which currently features 380 videos and podcasts, listen to the L’œuvre en scènelectures held in the auditorium, during which work is analyzed and deciphered by a specialist, and find a selection of the museum’s must-see masterpieces, educational dossiers, stories and anecdotes for children, including a whole selection of online visits.

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. 🇫🇷L’Hermaphrodite endormi vous souhaite une #BonneSemaine ! _ ✍️Hermaphrodite, le fils d'Hermès et d'Aphrodite, repoussa les avances de la nymphe Salmacis. Celle-ci obtint alors de Zeus que leurs deux corps soient unis pour toujours, au travers d’un être bisexué, doté d'un sexe d'homme et des formes voluptueuses d'une femme. _ 👉Délicatement allongé sur le matelas sculpté pour lui par Le Bernin en 1619, le personnage apparait endormi mais ne s'abandonne réellement qu'à demi au sommeil : la pose contournée du corps et la tension qui affleure jusqu'au pied gauche légèrement soulevé trahissent l'état de rêve. _ 📍Découverte en 1608 à Rome, cette oeuvre est une copie romaine s’inspirant d’un original grec du IIe siècle av J.-C. _______ 🌍The Sleeping Hermaphroditos wishes you a #GoodWeek ! _ ✍️Hermaphroditos, son of Hermes and Aphrodite, had rejected the advances of the nymph Salmacis. Unable to resign herself to this rejection, Salmacis persuaded Zeus to merge their two bodies forever, hence the strange union producing one bisexed being with male sexual organs and the voluptuous curves of a woman. _ 👉Stretched out in erotic abandon on the mattress provided by Bernini, the figure sleeps. Yet Hermaphroditos has only fallen half asleep: the twisting pose of the body and the tension apparent down to the slightly raised left foot are indicative of a dream state. _ 📍Discovered in Rome near the Baths of Diocletian in 1608, this work is a Roman copy that was probably inspired by a Greek original of the 2nd century BC _ 📷©️Musée du Louvre / Nicolas Bousser @insidethelouvre . . . #louvre #louvremuseum #museedulouvre

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5. The National Gallery, London

Already in 2016, London’s National Gallery, in collaboration with Google Street View, made part of the museum available for us to contemplate Renaissance masterpieces from our sofa. But that’s not all, the gallery also commissioned the American company Oculus to create an immersive virtual reality tour of the Sainsbury’s Wing using a Matterport 3D camera.

6. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Through the superb “HyperVisions” initiative, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence has posted a rich series of virtual tours online. Discover its masterpieces and their history via a bank of high definition images.

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#iorestoacasa e #ioleggoacasa. Lo dice anche Maria Adelaide, la figlia di Luigi XV re di Francia, ritratta nel 1753 non in posa ufficiale ma mentre legge rilassata sul suo divano. In barba alle etichette di corte, questo ritratto ha tutta la potenza di uno scatto fotografico dei giorni nostri. Siamo nel pieno Illuminismo e il pittore, convinto che la battaglia contro l’oscurantismo vada condotta in egual misura da entrambi i sessi, dichiara apertamente il suo femminismo ante-litteram. Gli ornamenti di Adelaide, rappresentati con realismo, sono scelti dalla donna con profonda consapevolezza. Tutto è luce nella sua parure: le perle discrete e opalescenti, gli zaffiri a goccia del colore blu chiaro delle gemme di Ceylon, il diamante tagliato a rosa coroné. Raffinatissimo il gusto delle vesti di provenienza esotica ma indossati con un’attitudine occidentale. Lo racconta la mise alla turca della dama, non solo una scelta glamour, ma l’ espediente per una maggior libertà di movimenti e uno stile di vita lontano dai rigidi paludamenti di corte. Jean-Étienne Liotard, Maria Adelaide #Uffizi • E N G 🌍 #istayathome and read on the sofa! This is Marie Adélaïde, daughter of Louis XV, king of France, in an unofficial portrait while reading on a sofa(1753). This looks like a modern pic, not the portrait of a princess of the 18thcentury! We are in the Enlightenment and the artist depicts Adélaïde as a modern woman, reading, posing in an unconventional way, and dressing according to her taste, “à la turque”, an elegant but comfortable oriental trend. This portrait shines in light from the colours of the dresses to the precious stones: the opalescent pearls, the blue sapphires and the coroné rose cut diamond. Jean-Étienne Liotard, Maria Adelaide, 1753.

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7. MoMA, New York

On MoMA’s official website, you can access an audio guide for part of the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Users can view a selection of works online while listening to interesting, well-structured commentary by artists, curators, and other specialists. There is even a special section for children.

8. Centre Pompidou, Paris

Like the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou knows how to use new technologies and has given itself over to digital technology to keep in touch with its visitors. Online courses, masterclasses, podcasts, web-series for children, the site is packed with all kinds of content. Hats off to the “live” section which allows you to see or review the exhibitions from your sofa.

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