My top 4 Virtual Gallery Tours for the 2020 lockdown

Nathan Gunn, March 26, 2020

With many of us in lockdown over the next period there will no doubt be ample time to catch up on box sets and the many previous seasons of RuPaul’s Drag race to keep us entertained.

Screening services and recorded TV are welcomed by all during these isolated times. We have family and not so loved ones vying for the remote, turning a nose at every suggestion, until a soapy world of Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders seep over one like liquid haze.

The great news is it doesn’t have to be this way! For those seeking a high brow experience and cultural relief, galleries and museums across the world now offer a host of virtual tours that expand the mind and enrich across the medium of artefact, fine art and culture.  

Let’s take some time together to explore my top 4 Virtual Gallery Tours for the 2020 lockdown.

1: J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

With 6,000 years’ worth of creative treasures and works of art dating from the eighth threw twenty-first century, these tours are a standout for anyone interested in the history of art.

Roman, and Etruscan artefacts are presented in setting mirroring the regions and time they were made, my personal favourite ‘Images of Death in the Middle Ages’ will certainly remind you that things have been far worse in the past.

http://getty.edu/museum

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-j-paul-getty-museum?hl=en

2. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea 

If you are interested in the Korean art scene over the past 100 years the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary art in South Korea is a must see.

With 4 locations across the country it is the only national art museum in the country accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea.

A virtual highlight for me are the YouTube events which offer Live Gallery Tours, with Curators, you don’t need to miss out, get involved and check out the impressive back catalogue and view the talent of Koreas modern artists.

https://www.mmca.go.kr

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-museum-of-modern-and-contemporary-art-korea

3: British Museum, London

You don’t need to lie down to think about empire lost when you take some time to see the virtual offerings of the British Museum of London.

There are a myriad of cultures and artefacts on view through the museums ‘Collection Online’. This ground-breaking database is one of the most extensive online search platforms in the world. 

With over 2,335,338 records available, representing more than 4,000,000 objects, you can furlough your way through an entire existence of natural beauty and human creativity.

A standout for me is the Red Deer antler head-dress collection, definitely one of the best set's in Europe.

https://www.britishmuseum.org/

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum

4: Vatican Museums, Rome

If you can’t go to church and are looking at ways to reconnect with Christian roots a look at the Vatican Museum’s virtual offering may be the ticket the doctor ordered.

There are amazing 360° museum room exploration tours on offer that let you magnify and zoom into the most intricate of details the "Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis" is a magnificent example   revealing the “little Pompeii” recently discovered beneath the Vatican Hill.

The pope may be on hiatus, but you can visit a vast array of intricate and interesting architecture, sculptures and artefacts across the Vatican.

www.museivaticani.va

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.1.html

I hope the above links and sound bites encourage you to visit and explore some of the exciting virtual galleries and museums available across the planet today.

Stay inside and let your mind escape.

Written by Nathan Gunn, Senior Recruitment Consultant - Global Mobility, HR & Expatriate Services at Alchemy Recruitment Ltd.

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