Everything is starting to open up again and more and more people are getting vaccinated. But if you still want to remain cautious or if you just want to explore things outside of your local area, there’s one good thing that has come from all of this — the ability to see so many things virtually. One of those things is to visit free museums

It would be family-friendly and fun is to visit free museums virtually. You can explore the world in a new way, make educational lessons interactive, and make art history part of your family fun. Here are 10 world-class museums you can visit for free online. 

1. The National Gallery of Art

You don’t have to travel to the nation’s capital in D.C. to see some exhibits from The National Gallery of Art. Simply install the Google Arts and Culture App on your phone and see two of their amazing exhibits.

You can check out Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting as well as Fashioning a Nation. So if you like fashion or some classic paintings, check out this artwork without leaving the comfort of your own home. 

2. The Louvre 

The Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums in Paris and is currently closed. But the good news is that you can still see some of the beautiful gems that live at the Louvre and visit for free.

The museum offers many virtual tours like The Body in Movement, The Advent of the Artist and more. You can even see the Mona Lisa too. On top of that, the museum has Louvre kids as well. Make a day of it and tell your kids you’re going to Paris or make a special date night out of it. 

3. The Met 

Going to New York City and going to the Met is a delight. But you can also see some of the masterpieces housed there at home and see some exquisite artwork.

You can see vibrant pieces through MetCollects and beautiful tours from The Met 360° Project. You can also see a unique family exhibit called Met Kids, “made for, with, and by kids”.  

4. The Vatican Museum 

You don’t have to travel to Italy to see some of the most historic and world-famous pieces of artwork at The Vatican Museum.

You can even see the Sistine Chapel! The Vatican Museum offers virtual tours of “Raphael’s rooms”, “Salone Sistino” and much more. Check them out here. 

5. The Dali Theater-Museum 

For surrealist lovers and older audiences, the Salvador Dali Theater-Museum could be a fun activity to do when you want your brain to hardly believe your eyes.

Through the virtual tour, you can see the stunning grounds of the museum, see portraits of the artist and some of his masterpieces. You can get started here. 

6. National Women’s History Museum 

We just celebrated Women’s History Month in March. One way to keep that going is to check out the National Women’s History Museum online exhibits.

You can learn about women’s suffrage, women in the Olympics, Harriet Tubman, and so much more. Check out all of the online exhibitions here. 

7. The Van Gogh Museum 

Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of our time and you can see many of his pieces at the Van Gogh Museum, which is located in Amsterdam.

You can see beautiful portraits, flowers, and so much more. Everything from his oil paintings to modern art and post-impressionist work is on display. Check it out here via Google Arts and Culture. 

8. The Getty

I’m from Los Angeles, where the Getty is located so I may be biased. But it’s one of the most amazing ones I’ve ever been to. It has so much artwork that is astounding and also historical.

Using Google Arts and Culture, you can see exhibits from Degas and Renoir and also more modern ones Black Rights protests and Pride. Check the exhibits out here. 

9. The Art Institute of Chicago 

When I visited Chicago for my birthday, I went to the Art Institute of Chicago in the before times and the collection of art was incredible.

Luckily, you can see many of the famous art pieces without going anywhere. You can see impressionism, American Art, Ancient Roman Art, Modern Art and more. Check out the exhibits and commentary to go along with it. 

10. Benaki Museum 

Ever wanted to learn more about ancient Greece? Why not check out the Benaki Museum, located in Athens, Greece?

The museum focuses on Greek culture and history and includes old artifacts and pieces of art. It’s a feast for the eyes and something fun to do with the whole family. Include a history lesson along with it as well. Check out the museum virtually here. 

Bottom line 

This past year has been difficult but the good news is you can see more of the world from your living room than ever before. These 10 museums are free and you can “travel” all over the world, seeing some of the most amazing and historic masterpieces of our time.

You can see a variety of historical artifacts, different styles of paintings and sculptures, historical movements and so much more. Still don’t see what you want? If this isn’t enough, Google other museums + “virtual” and check out what else is on Google Arts and Culture.

There are museums based on many different types of history or art work and you’re bound to find something that caters to your interest. You’ll be sure to find something that you love, that’s good for you and everyone in the family. The best part? It’s free. Consider making a donation to the museum if you’re in a position to do so and share the love with friends and family. 


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