We might not be able to physically travel right now, but that doesn't mean we can't get a cultural fix. There are currently a host of art galleries and virtual museum tours available so we can all appreciate the finer things in life from the comfort of the sofa.
From the Louvre to the Van Gogh Museum, take an armchair journey through the wonders of these awe-inspiring institutions, discovering the Old Masters and iconic pieces like the Mona Lisa and Rembrandt's Night Watch.
Along with Holidu (opens in new tab), a search engine for holiday rentals, we've compiled a list of incredible virtual museum tours so you can immerse yourself in culture from your own home - no packing required.
See six of the best virtual museum tours below:
1. LE MUSEE DE LOUVRE, PARIS
Museums in the City of Light are immensely popular, and the Louvre is the world’s largest art and antiques museum, holding world famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa or the Victory of Samothrace. Indeed, it is also actually the most popular museum in Europe on Instagram, exceeding four million posts.
2. BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON
London is a cultural hub just waiting to be explored, and what better way to dive into history than by using the resources on offer at the British Museum.? Older than the United States itself, this museum contains one of the most important collections in the world, illustrating the evolution of Man from his beginnings to present day. Scroll through the ages as you explore art, history, religion, conflict and more.
3. RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Over in the Netherlands, you'll find the 'Amsterdam State Museum'. It is the most important museum in the country, both in terms of the number of visitors and the number of works on display - in 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian. It is dedicated to the fine arts, crafts and history of the country, and its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt's Night Watch.
4. MUSEE D'ORSAY, PARIS
Another Paris must-visit is the Musée d'Orsay, a museum which holds the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world. The online collection allows you to feast your eyes upon a variety of works from oil paintings and canvas works, to themes surrounding impressionism and French history.
5. MUSEI VATICANI, VATICAN CITY, ROME
No art fan’s trip around Europe is complete without a visit to ‘Musei Vaticani’. The Vatican Museums, located in The Vatican City, a city-state located in the heart of the Italian capital of Rome, hosts a grand collection of public art and sculpture which was gathered by the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries.
6. VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Back to the land of the Dutchies, visit the art museum that is named after one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art - Vincent van Gogh. Dedicated to the works of van Gogh, this museum has an amazing online section allowing you to access resources including the life and works of van Gogh and a wide variety of child-friendly resources to keep the younger ones entertained and educated, too.
Ruth Doherty is an experienced digital writer and editor specializing in interiors, travel and lifestyle. With 20 years of writing for national sites under her belt, she’s worked for the likes of Livingetc.com, Standard, Ideal Home, Stylist and Marie Claire as well as Homes & Gardens.
How to plant a winter border for bees
This pretty planting plan will fill your garden with fragrance and feed hungry bees
By Nikki Hollier • Published
This 19th century schoolhouse is inventively decorated in jewel colors for Christmas
A converted 19th-century school, filled with antiques and vintage comes alive at Christmas when decorated with bright and beautiful colors
By Alice Roberton • Published