Museums and galleries contain our shared heritage, enriching our lives and providing some of the most interesting sights and experiences in our cities. Even though many have closed for the time being, you can still visit them online today.
Here are four of our favourites…
Natural History Museum, London
The Natural History Museum is one of the best places in the world. Acting as both a visitor attraction and a world-class scientific research centre, its collections span millions of years and countless specimens. Its interactive experience means you can travel from the bottom of the sea and top of the world, and from the present day into the depths of prehistory, without leaving your living room.
You can navigate the galleries and exhibits thanks to Google’s Street View team and experience the wonders they have for yourself by clicking the below link.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is quite simply sensational. Founded in 1870, The Met is home to more than 5,000 years of art. From the first cities built in ancient times to contemporary works of our time, you can explore everything from the cultural traditions of Islam to collections of Japanese samurai armour at the click of a button.
If you are an art lover – or at all interested in other cultures – you owe it to yourself to have a look around The Met online.
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of design and art, housing more than 2.3 million individual pieces which showcase the history of human creativity. Many of the UK’s national collections can be found here, and the exhibitions on show cover fashion, jewellery, architecture, ceramics, theatre, photography and much more.
You can go behind the scenes at the V&A today by watching the six-part BBC documentary, Secrets of the Museum.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP)
MASP is a stunningly beautiful art museum which holds one of the broadest historical collections in the world – and you can view its paintings online now. Spanning the period from the 14th to the 20th century, the paintings appear to be suspended in mid-air throughout the open plan space on what the museum describes as “crystal easels”, inviting users to consider the art from all sides.
You can see this unlikely site for yourself by clicking below – and don’t forget to check out the museum’s exterior on Google Maps too. Lina Bo Bardi’s design is a masterpiece, a classic and a striking display of architectural bravery all in one.