Where can we go without leaving our homes? These days, in order to see an interesting exhibit, you do not need to fly to another country or to leave your home at all. All you need to do is to go online and find an exhibit that is interesting to you. In this article we have listed the 5 most interesting and very important museums you can visit while sitting at your computer in the comfort of your home.

The Louvre Virtual Exhibitions Museum (Paris, France)

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“How many millennia flashed across the globe into eternity between the first tangle of those flexible branches that hid the uncultured Adam from the stormy weather, and the giant colonnade of the Louvre – a marvel of enormousness and style! How small is a man, but how great is his mind! How slow is the progress of his mind, but how diverse and infinite!”

Nikolay Karamzin, a Russian writer, poet, historian, and critic

So, while staying home these days, in addition to the opportunity to create a modern business you can also visit very interesting places. Let’s start with the most visited museum in the world (the Louvre welcomes more than 10 million people a year). Beginning its history as a fortress, the Louvre has seen everything throughout the centuries and undergone tremendous changes, becoming a magnificent palace filled with true art and treasures, decorated with a colonnade, and recognized as the best work of the French architecture. The museum’s collections cover a vast geographical area from Western Europe to Iran with Greece, Egypt, and the Middle East in between. The oldest exhibits have been preserved since ancient times, and the latest ones date back to the year 1848. This is a collection of truly the most valuable works in human history.

In addition to that, the Louvre itself is an invaluable historical site – it was built in the XII century and has been actively operating to this day.

It is important! Today the official website of the Louvre offers everyone to visit one of two virtual exhibitions. The first one is the history of Ancient Egypt, and the second is the history of the Louvre building since 1190. It is a great opportunity to touch the eternal and to be imbued with the greatness of human culture.

To visit the online exhibition you will need the following:

  • three hours of free time;
  • a good mood;
  • a good monitor or a plasma TV;
  • a glass of Chablis;
  • and to follow this link.

The Hermitage Virtual Exhibition Platform (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

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“They say if a visitor spends one minute near each exhibit, it’ll take him or her 11 years to see the whole collection”.

R. Cavendish, a British historian and writer

The collections are even more extensive than those in Paris and they are waiting for their visitors in Saint Petersburg. The Hermitage houses more than three million works of art, the earliest of which are dated back to the Stone Age, and the newest ones have appeared during our lifetime. The Hermitage Museum Complex consists of 365 rooms, so you can spend a whole year there inspecting one room every single day. It is a truly colossal museum!

Whereas, the French word Ermitage means a monastic cell, a place of solitude, a hermit’s shelter. Funny, isn’t it? This beautiful name was first given to the only palace wing that housed the collection of works of art acquired by Empress Catherine II. But as time passed, there were more and more works, and now nobody in Russia associates the Hermitage with something small, cozy or private.

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How to visit the exhibits online: A virtual tour of the Hermitage is an incredibly large-scale project. It allows you to view a map of the three floors of the building and either to select a particular room for viewing or to walk through all the exhibits in order. The tour features very high quality images and a very well developed virtual guided tour that can captivate the visitor for the whole day, or even a few days.

To visit the online exhibition you will need the following:

  • five hours of free time;
  • a good monitor or a plasma TV;
  • Wikipedia, opened in the next tab or on another gadget;
  • Tokay wine or a traditional St. Petersburg pineapple liqueur;
  • to follow this link.

Online virtual art exhibitions of the British Museum (London, England)

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“Among the exhibits in the British Museum there are bone skates dating back to the beginning of the Common Era”.

Еlena Gritsak, a Russian editor and writer of encyclopedias,traveler’s guides and companions

“At the first opportunity passersby disappear in the doors of the British Museum”.

Luttoli, a modern Russian novelist and screenwriter

The Main Historical and Archaeological Museum of Great Britain was not always so massive and famous.

One day in the distant year of 1753, three esteemed Londoners decided to do something good together. Sir Hans Sloane, Count Robert Harley and Sir Robert Bruce Cotton had very different interests. The first was a physician and a naturalist, the second – a statesman, and the third of the trio was a book collector, known all over London. They combined their personal collections and opened their own museum for visitors. Nowadays it is the second most visited museum complex in the world after the Louvre, and its collection includes more than 8 million objects from various periods.

Thanks to Google Street View, anyone can walk the rooms of the British Museum from any part of the world. And on the official website of the museum you can visit individual online exhibitions and immerse yourself in them in more depth and detail. Especially when you consider the incredible level the wireless Internet connection technology has achieved these days.

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To visit the online exhibition you will need the following:

  • some free time;
  • a good monitor or a plasma TV;
  • Wikipedia, opened in the next tab or on another gadget;
  • A glass of Scotch, and a pipe with Dublin tobacco;
  • and to follow this link.

Virtual Exhibition Platform of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New Your City, USA)

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“The Metropolitan Museum is a place where you can go back to again and again and find something new with every visit”.

100 years after the British Museum, another larger museum was founded in New York. It wasn’t lords or sirs who did it, but businessmen who decided to create a museum no worse than the one the British had. Interestingly, there were three of them as well. Over time, the collection of paintings of those three people has become a world treasure trove of works of art.

Now the house number 1000 on 5th Avenue in New York City is the fourth most visited museum in the world. It has 17 permanent thematic departments divided by continents and historical periods.  

For a long time, the museum practiced issuing color badges to the visitors. Each of the 6 million visitors a year received a badge and watched the richest collections of exhibits presented in the rooms of the museum. The visitor could take the badge home as a memento. Unfortunately, this pleasant tradition was abolished in 2013, but a system of online tours was launched instead.

How to take part: Now anyone from anywhere in the world can see the collections of over 2 million works. Works of Byzantine, Islamic, Asian, African art, costumes, and musical instruments from around the world, and much much more. The online tour allows you to see over 400,000 exhibits, and special music and fashion exhibitions are always popular.

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To visit the online exhibition you will need the following:

  • a lot of free time;
  • a good monitor or a plasma TV;
  • Wikipedia, opened in the next tab;
  • A big glass of iced Coca-Cola;
  • and to follow this link.

Virtual Tours of Art Exhibitions of the National Museum of Korea (Seoul, Republic of Korea)

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“A museum where you can find everything about Korean history”.

Few people would fly to Seoul to see a museum. Too bad, because that is where the largest and the most interesting museum complex in the whole Asia is located. It houses the richest collection of relics that cover almost the entire history of mankind, from the Paleolithic to the early 20th century. The National Museum of Korea is quite young, founded in 1945, but nevertheless it is one of the ten most visited museums in the world and ranks 6th in the world by size, which makes it one of the most important museums in Asia.

See it with your own eyes: The Google Arts&Culture service allows all of us to see the exhibitions at this museum without the hassle of visas and flights. We can simply take a virtual tour and virtually touch this stunning variety of priceless exhibits.

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To visit the online exhibition you will need the following:

  • any free time available to you;
  • a good monitor or a plasma TV;
  • Wikipedia, opened in the next tab;
  • A bottle of Makgeolli or 20% Soju;
  • and to follow this link.

It’s Like We’ve Visited Those Virtual Exhibitions in Person

Of course, no online excursion can give us the same experience and feelings like those you get from a real visit to a museum. You can’t breathe that museum air and completely immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

But this is a great opportunity to see with your own eyes those exhibits that many generations of people could not see in their entire life. There are millions of priceless artifacts of human civilization that are ready to share their beauty and wisdom with us. The fact that we can now touch that world from the comfort of our homes is a great fortune for all of us.