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Exploring Virtual Tours of Museums

Have you always dreamt of visiting the Louvre but never got the chance to go? Do you often think about your first trip to New York City, when you wandered the halls of the Met? Or perhaps you’re simply bored on a Sunday afternoon and wondering what sorts of cool things they have on display at The British Museum? You’re in luck! Using virtual tours of museums, you can explore all of these attractions online whenever you like!

Visit World-Class Museums from Your Couch!

The Louvre

Possibly the most iconic art museum in the world, the Louvre is incredibly large, exceptionally gorgeous, and filled with treasures. Visit its website to explore its free online tours, which currently include Founding Myths: Hercules to Darth Vader, an exhibition exploring how artists have used myths as inspiration. Interesting!

The British Museum

Did you know the British Museum’s collection boasts over 8 million objects? Luckily, some of those pieces can be viewed online. In fact, the museum is the world’s largest indoor space included on Google Street View! You visit more than 60 galleries while lounging at home in your pajamas! Drop into the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery right now!

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

One of the most-visited museums in the world, the Smithsonian offers a virtual tour of the entire grounds. “Stroll” through the museum room by room, and enjoy 360° views of its amazing exhibitions.

The Met

Another fabulous art museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a bounty of online resources. Try the Met 360° Project, a series of short videos that uses spherical video technology to help you feel like you’re really there. And if you’re hanging out with your grandkids, be sure to check out #MetKids, an online resource that includes fun behind-the-scenes videos from the museum.


Have you ever wanted to visit NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia? Or how about the Glenn Research Center in Ohio? You’re in luck! Both offer fascinating digital tours. You might also like to check out Space Center Houston’s app, which provides virtual tours, augmented reality experiences, and videos about the amazing world of space exploration.

The Guggenheim

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is a unique and impressive building — even if some have compared it to a toilet seat! But if you can’t stop by the Big Apple to see it for yourself, check out its online collection to get a taste.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Located in Dayton, Ohio, the National Museum of the Air Force is home to a variety of military weapons and aircraft, including the planes of several former presidents! Use their online resources to get a 360° view of several cockpits and learn about the museum’s restoration projects.

Where do you think you’ll head first? Through virtual tours of museums, you might spend the morning in Paris, the afternoon in London, and round out your day in D.C.! And of course, these aren’t the only virtual tours of museums available! If you search around a little, you’ll find countless other options, including the Van Gogh Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Uffizi Gallery, Musée d’Orsay, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Gallery of Art.

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