Top 5 virtual museums


Helen Roth

Though London is taking more extensive precautions for COVID-19, there are still ways to enjoy Europe’s most acclaimed museums. Institutions such as the British Museum and the Natural History Museum have created virtual platforms to showcase exhibits.

Grace Hamilton, Culture Editor: Online

Natural History Museum 

In light of the recent tightening of COVID-19 restrictions, the Natural History Museum in London is currently offering free online exhibitions on their website. There are numerous exhibits that each fall under different interest categories, such as ocean life, astronomy and geography. The majority of these exhibits are free and require no advanced booking. The museum is also hosting virtual interactive talks, photo displays and expeditions. Every exhibit is remarkably easy to navigate, allows visitors to go at their own pace and contains information that is both interesting and engaging. Taking a virtual trip to the Natural History Museum is the perfect way to spend your free time and has never been easier.


British Museum 

Delve into the British Museum in London if you would like to deeply explore historical events. The museum is granting visitors free entry to many of their exhibitions and displays through their website. Some of these exhibitions include French Impressions: Prints from Manet to Cézanne, Geoffrey Clarke: A Sculptor’s Studio, Magnetic North: Voices from the Indigenous Arctic and An Age of Luxury: Assyrians to Alexander. All of these exhibits and galleries are easily accessible and are presented in new and unique ways. The museum utilizes technology in a way that best represents each exhibit. There is no doubt that everyone will be able to find something they would enjoy at the virtual British Museum. 

There is no doubt that everyone will be able to find something they would enjoy at the virtual British Museum. ”

Vatican Museums 

The Vatican Museum is granting visitors the unique opportunity to explore one of the most well-renowned and popular museums in the world from the comfort of their own home. The museum is taking a unique approach to virtual exhibits, as it follows the format of allowing visitors to choose their desired gallery room, click on it and then explore each piece of artwork with the 360-degree view feature. There is an abundance of areas currently available for virtual viewing, such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and Profane Museum. For those who love visiting art museums, the virtual Vatican Museum is for you. Access the museum’s otherworldly exhibits here.


Musée d’Orsay

Virtual exhibits from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are accessible through Joy of Museum’s Virtual Tours. This website contains many of Musée d’Orsay’s famous paintings and provides a link for each painting. The link leads the visitor to a photo of the selected painting along with a detailed description of the artist, time period, design/color significance and other important information. The detail of each explanation is extremely impressive and allows readers to gauge a deeper understanding of these paintings without actually having to visit the museum. “The Starry Night Over the Rhone,” “A Cart on the Snowy Road at Honfleur” and “The Snake Charmer” are just a few examples of paintings showcased from the Musée d’Orsay. Be sure to check out this website if you have any interest in seeing beautiful and varied artwork. 

This site is perfect for those who wish to expand their art horizons, especially regarding Van Gogh. ”


Van Gogh Museum 

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is offering an “Enjoy the Museum from Home

section of their website. This museum has every piece of art by Van Gogh and divides each painting into different sections. With the variety of viewing options and the range of Van Gogh’s artwork, the museum can appeal to everyone. Moreover, the site is straightforward to use and provides meaningful insight into both the life of Van Gogh and his individual works. This site is perfect for those who wish to expand their art horizons, especially regarding Van Gogh.