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Corona crisis: You can visit these museums virtually

While the spread of the coronavirus is to be contained through as little social contact as possible, the first people in isolation are starting to get bored. Nine virtual museum visits that help for a few hours

In times when public life is almost at a standstill and travel or cultural events are out of the question, elaborately designed virtual tours through world-class museums provide a distraction. Where, under normal circumstances, many people crowd around well-known works, you can enjoy an exclusive view of works by Monet or Rembrandt on the screen. And forget for a few moments the isolation imposed by Corona. By the way, you could also discover museums that you hadn't heard of before.

Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with almost 2000 galleries and museums worldwide and created virtual tours. These vary depending on the house - while with some you can only click through the exhibited works, with others it is possible to navigate through the individual areas and still others offer a comprehensive experience with an audio guide. We present a selection of the last two categories.

Museum of the World

One of the probably most complex projects by Google Arts & Culture was created together with the British Museum in London. Users can simply scroll through the epochs with the mouse and, depending on the continent or thematic focus (e.g. art history or religion), discover important exhibits, for which there are images, text and audio material. Those who prefer to move around the British Museum can also do so.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The magnificent buildings in Amsterdam houses a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and normally receives 2.2 million a year. The best-known works in the collection include “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt and Vermeer's “Maid with a Milk Jug”. Anyone who goes virtually behind the historic walls can not only stroll digitally through the imposing entrance hall, but also enjoy the unobstructed view of the well-known works.

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Also through the important collection of the Orsay Museum, which shows more than 4000 exhibits from the period between 1848 and 1914 on 16,000 square meters, a virtual tour is possible. With a click of the mouse, you will pass marble sculptures and the striking station clock to find originals by van Gogh, Monet and Liebermann.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City

It doesn't just have to be world-class museums, smaller houses like the colorful one too Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City can be experienced virtually. With a click of the mouse, it is not only once around the world, but also right in the middle of the eventful life of the exceptional artist.

Albertina, Vienna

The Albertina houses one of the most important graphic collections worldwide and is housed in the Palais Archduke Albrecht, a historic residence of the Habsburgs. Many master drawings - from Michelangelo's male nudes to Dürer's “Brown Hare” to Rubens ’children's portraits - can also be experienced virtually here.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of the most popular museums in South Korea Over six floors, it brings together contemporary art from the country itself and works from around the world. The individual exhibitions and exhibits can be selected and then discovered using the StreetView function.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

That for Building ensemble included in the UNESCO World Heritage List houses the Antikensammlung, the Vorderasiatisches Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art. With a click of the mouse, you can take a virtual tour past ancient monumental architecture, which may appear more imposing in reality, but you can enjoy it on the screen without any other visitors.

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Japan

The Tokyo Prefecture Art Museum mainly houses arts and crafts from Japan and Europe. The works come from different eras. The collection consists of a total of 25,000 exhibits. Certainly one of the houses that you would like to see in person after a virtual tour.

Deutsches Museum, Munich

On the occasion of a renovation-related closure in 2015, the German Museum in Munich a virtual tour with audio guides to the exhibition areas shipping, space and aviation. However, all areas can be visited virtually - a map, a floor display and various interactive stations are used for navigation.