Virtual Art Exhibits

By Leeannah McNew

March is definitely the bleh month of the year. It’s awkwardly placed between winter and spring, so it’s still cold, but also kind of warm. I’m not a fan. We’re also coming up on a year since we’ve been in a global pandemic. I know, I’m just as shocked and traumatized as you. While we still can’t travel or visit many museums, that shouldn’t stop us from exploring and viewing great artwork. I’ve compiled a list of virtual art galleries that you can view from your couch whenever you want. 

British Museum, London

Ok, not to be dramatic, but this is the coolest virtual art exhibit I’ve ever seen. It is a massive timeline dating back to before 5000 BC. You can click on each dot to view the artifact from that time, but it also tells you how our world was interconnected back then. If you need a break from staring at Zoom all day, then this is the museum for you.

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

This particular exhibit takes you through the history of the Musée d’Orsay and how it was transformed into an art museum from a train station. It’s a digestible slideshow of photos, art, blueprints, and facts about the museum. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/from-station-to-the-renovated-mus%C3%A9e-d-orsay/ARK7SK5T?hl=en

National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art, Seoul 

The MMCA offers eight virtual exhibits that range from viewing the gardens to the birth of the museum to current contemporary artists and their work. You can also look at photos of various artwork and photography in the museum. This is great for an afternoon of art viewing!

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

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Ok, I am a huge greek mythology nerd, so this is for all my Percy Jackson fans and ancient civilization nerds out there. Pergamon was a rich and powerful ancient Greek city in Mysia. This museum houses many historical artifacts like the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Pergamon Altar. You can view all the different pieces online. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/pergamon/m05tcm?hl=en

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Are you really going to Amsterdam if you don’t visit the Van Gogh museum? Even if you don’t know much about Van Gogh, it’s a cool museum to check out to see all of his artwork in one place. The collection includes 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 letters, so you won’t get bored virtually visiting this museum. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

Museu de Arte, São Paulo

This is Brazil’s first modern art museum. The artwork is displayed in frames suspended in the air, so it makes it seem like the art is floating. There are six exhibits you can view virtually that range from art in fashion to art in Italy to an exhibit of drawings from patients from Hospital Psiquiátrico do Juquery.

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/masp?hl=en

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

The museum is dedicated to the archeology and history of Mexico’s pre-hispanic heritage. The museum contains ancient Mexican art and ethnographic exhibits about Mexico’s present day indigenous groups. You can view the Aztec calendar, the Sun Stone, and the recreation of Pakal’s tomb here. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/the-national-museum-of-anthropology-mexico-city-ziko-van-dijk-wikimedia-commons/bAGSHRdlzSRcdQ?hl=en