We have been under lockdown for a good number of days now due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while it is for our own protection, it cannot be easy for those who are fond of travelling. Well the good news is we can still travel to some places without leaving our homes and endangering ourselves or others, and if you are an art lover this would be perfect. Also Read - How Novel Coronavirus Affects Your Nervous System?
It might not be the same as actually visiting the places but being able to view something new is better than nothing right now. In comes Google Arts & Culture, which is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks in various museums. Also Read - Virus May be an Invisible Enemy, But Our COVID-19 Warriors Are Invincible: PM Modi
Here we bring to you 5 of the most iconic museums from around the world that you can visit virtually. Just click on their names and get going. Also Read - Over 8,000 COVID-19 Cases Recorded in India For Second Straight Day, Total Tally Goes Beyond 1.90 Lakh Mark; Death Toll at 5,394 | 10 Points
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, and is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South. It was founded in The Hague on November 19, 1798 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808. It has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects. Among the items are masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
Formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai. It is located in the vicinity of Byculla Zoo and was established in 1855 as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts. It houses a large number of archaeological finds, maps and historical photographs of Mumbai, clay models, silver and copper ware and costumes. Its significant collections include a 17th-century manuscript of Hatim Tai and the iconic Kala Ghoda statue.
Also known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) because of its cobalt-blue walls, the Frida Kahlo Museum is a historic house museum dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s life and work. Located in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacan in Mexico City, the building was where Kahlo was born and where she grew up in and later died. The museum contains a collection of artwork that is dsiplayed in rooms that have remained the same since the 1950s.
The British Museum, with its permanent collection of some eight million works, is located in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom. It was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the Irish physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. A public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture, the museum preserves its universality in its collections of artefacts representing the cultures of the world, ancient and modern.
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States that was founded in in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park. It has a permanent collection of nearly 300,000 works of art and includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. It is very popular among visitors, hosting around 1.5 million people annually, and is recognised for its curatorial efforts.