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Bored at home? Here’s some virtual museums to check out

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 24, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Mar 24, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Bored at home? Here’s some virtual museums to check out

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If you’re interested in art and history, you can now view thousands of paintings, sculptures, installations and new work online, many in minute detail, as well as explore the museums themselves, The Guardian shared.

“There are various platforms: from interactive, 360-degree videos and full walk-around tours with voiceover descriptions to slideshows with zoomable photos of the world’s greatest artworks. And many allow viewers to get closer to the art than they could do in real life,” the article read.

So sit back, relax and entre the full-screen mode on your laptop/phone and start exploring.

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The museum has more than 6,000  years worth of creative treasures, including  Van Gogh’s Irises and Renoir’s La Promenade. You can learn more by visiting their website,

Vatican Museums, Rome
Vaulted ceilings, intricate murals and tapestries, the Vatican’s museums are creatively rich sites. Check out their website for more details:

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Belvedere Apollo ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌎 The statue was part of the collection which Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere possessed in his palace on Piazza Santi Apostoli. When he became Pope with the name Julius II (1503-1513), the sculpture was transferred to the Vatican, where it is attested from at least 1508. The god Apollo strikes a regal pose and seems to have just fired an arrow from his bow, which he would originally have held in his left hand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Apollo del Belvedere ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🇮🇹 La statua faceva parte della collezione che il Cardinale Giuliano della Rovere possedeva nel suo palazzo di piazza SS. Apostoli. Quando questi divenne papa con il nome di Giulio II (1503-1513), la scultura fu trasferita in Vaticano, dove è attestata almeno fin dal 1508. Il dio Apollo incede regale e sembra aver appena scagliato una freccia con il suo arco che, originariamente, doveva impugnare con la mano sinistra. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 © Musei Vaticani🇻🇦⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #100artworks #100works #100opere #vaticanmuseums #museivaticani #vatican #visitvatican #art #artwork #artist #art #artoftheday #roma #artistsoninstagram #artofinstagram #beauty #museum #apollo #heritage #statue #sculpture #arthistory #romans #rome #vaticancity

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Guggenheim, Bilbao
This distinctive space has a great postwar collection of art and sculpture. Visit the museum’s  website to learn more,

Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum’s vast collection has long been a favourite of both Londoners and tourists. Get lost in the corridors and gallery spaces and online ( one treat is Dippy the dino, who despite recently going on tour.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
This museum has a collection of art and historical object spread over 80 galleries. You can view it online at:

You can also check out the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (, London’s National Portrait Gallery and British Museum ( which has historical object from across the globe or Brazil’s MASP (

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UNE SEMAINE AVEC JULIAN SCHNABEL ONE WEEK WITH JULIAN SCHNABEL . Chaque semaine pendant la fermeture du musée d’Orsay, un artiste partage son regard sur les collections, choisissant et commentant une œuvre chaque jour, pendant sept jours. Pour la première semaine, le peintre et cinéaste Julian Schnabel livre sa vision de sept de ses peintures préférées. Jour 1: Van Gogh, “Portrait de l’artiste” (1889). “Si l’on regarde la façon dont les lèvres sont dessinées dans l’autoportrait de Van Gogh, on découvre une clarté qui en dit long sur la compréhension de ce qu’est la peinture. Van Gogh fait tout. Il dessine sa peinture, il peint sa peinture : sa peinture nous regarde. Avez-vous honte ?? Est-ce que vous pouvez vous regarder dans la glace? Elle nous fait regretter tout ce que l’artiste a subi de la part de ses frères humains. C’est un portrait de lui, mais c’est aussi l’essence de la peinture. C’est mieux que la vraie vie. C’est le meilleur de la vie”. . Every week during the time of the closure of the musée d’Orsay, an artist offers their vision of the collections, commenting on one work every day, for seven days. For the first week, painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel shares insights on seven favorites. Day 1. Van Gogh, “Portrait of the artist” (1889): “If you look at the way the lips are drawn in Van Gogh’s self-portrait, there’s a clarity of understanding paint that speaks volumes. Van Gogh does everything. He’s drawing his painting, painting his painting: his painting is looking at you. Are you embarrassed? Do you see yourself? It makes you sorry for all the bad things other did to him. It’s a portrait of him, but it’s the essence of painting. It’s better than real life. It’s the best of life. . #museedorsay #museeorsay #orsaymuseum #artmuseum #artgallery #fineart #beauxarts #artexhibition #art #museum #peinture #landscape #paysage #stayathome #restecheztoi #museumfromhome #culturecheznous #unesemaineavec #oneweekwith #julianschnabel @culture_gouv @franck_riester

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