Being stuck at home isn’t so bad when virtual tours allow us to discover museums, galleries, national parks and cities that may be shut down.
Since closing its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, the British Museum has seen a huge spike from online visitors in the last 2.5 weeks, from 472,890 during the same time last year to 978,548 users this year. Many visitors are from Italy, choosing to see treasure such as the Rosetta Stone up close and personal through the technology of virtual tours.
This week, Google Arts & Culture partnered up with 2,500+ museums and galleries across the globe so that citizens in quarantine can still experience tours and exhibitions online from the comfort of their own homes. From Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, these tours might be the most binge-worthy content for art fanatics anywhere and everywhere.
Other institutions have their own virtual tours outside of Google, including: the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican. For fashion fans, NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is providing online-only exhibits on designers like Coco Chanel and Rei Kawakubo.
Taking #TravelFromHome one swipe further is Google Arts & Culture’s city tours. Italy may be in complete shut down at the moment, but touring its iconic landmarks is available right at our fingertips. Italy: All Roads Lead to Culture includes Google Map’s drag and zoom function through Milan Cathedral, the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa…just to name a few.
Perhaps the most engaging feature lies within The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks, where you can explore five different experiences with park rangers who take us through: Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Florida’s Dry Tortugas and Utah’s Bryce Canyon. Each vignette is a striking reminder that we as a society may be separated, but deeply connected by the awe-inspiring beauty of American landscape.