While the entrances to public places or functions are closed due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus, virtual doors are wide open. It doesn’t mean that because galleries have been locked in most parts of the world, that art lovers can’t access the arts. You are guaranteed to view all the artworks without anyone blocking your way. Access to some of the best galleries that are always out of reach is another bonus you will reap through virtual galleries.
With an internet connection, there are several galleries and exhibitions that art lovers can view. However, not all art centers have beautiful things to enjoy; you have to look for the best ones. This post covers some of the best exhibitions and galleries around the world.
Vatican Museum in Rome
If you are searching for a rich, creative museum, this is the right place to visit. Tapestries, murals, and the soaring vaulted ceilings are some of the original artworks you shouldn’t miss. The other thing you should see in your virtual tour is the Chair of St Peter. You will end up admiring the red Papal throne that stands in the Vatican. The throne was taken from Basilica di San Giovanni. The throne represents royalty. The other attractive artworks that will lure you into a virtual tour of the Vatican Museum are:
- Spiral staircase
- Raphael Rooms
- Vatican Historical Museum
- Sistine Chapel
- Gallery of Maps
- Vatican Pinacoteca
Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam
Visiting Amsterdam galleries is fun and educational. Nonetheless, the Dutch museum to put on top of your list is the Rijksmuseum. Through online programs, you will discover the famous works backdating the Dutch Golden Age. Besides, you will see the 8000 objects in the 80 rooms of this museum.
The Rijksmuseum has collections that illustrate the history of the Netherlands from the middle ages up to date. Some of the artworks to see are:
- The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijin; a famous painting globally
- Gallery of Honour; in this part of the museum, paintings of great Dutch masters are displayed. The Gallery of Honour is where you will find the artworks together if you want to see the best art of the Golden Age in one place.
- Delft Blue pottery; a collection of different artworks ranging from vases to tea sets.
- Cuypersbibliotheek; this is the biggest, as well as the oldest art library in the Netherlands.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) of South Korea
Since the MMCA started in the year 1969, it has lived through the history of Korean art. The museum has four branches. The main office of the MMCA is located at Gwacheon, while the others are in Cheongju, Deoksugung, and Seoul. The MMCA is an excellent, friendly, open, enjoyable, and well-curated museum. You’ll have a lot to learn about the Koreans.
The Gwacheon branch is composed of eight exhibition halls. Each hall includes different art fields such as sculpture crafts, painting, media, architecture, photography, and arts for children. Researchers and family-oriented people should not look further than the Gwacheon branch of the MMCA. Both adults and kids have much to learn and lots of fun from this museum awaiting them.
Deosksugang specializes in extensive genres of modern arts in Korea. Some of the fields the artwork features are calligraphy and literature. On the other hand, the MMCA Seoul is the central exhibition space for modern artworks, while Cheongju is in charge of the delightful circle of Korean artworks.
British Museum of London
Among the many London museums, the British Museum stands out as the biggest and oldest, besides being the most famous. Its large cultural displays are the major attractions. However, there’s a lot for art lovers to see in this museum.
Although this museum is named British, it has collections from various parts of the world. The museum boasts of over seven million objects. Highlighted below are some of the top artworks to see in the British Museum:
- Rosetta Stone
- Egyptian mummies
- Parthenon sculptures
- Double-Headed Serpent
- Olduvai stone tools
- Egyptian sculptures
- Assyrian winged bulls
- Amaravati Shrine
- Samurai armour
At such a time when people are advised to stay indoors, you can take advantage of your free time to visit the museums mentioned above and galleries online. You will have the opportunity to see a wide range of sculptures, paintings, and other online artworks.