Travel the United States from the Comfort of your Home
I don’t know about you but I’m ready to get back on the road. This mandatory sitting at home has me itching to get out and explore! However, since we’re not quite ‘out of the woods’ yet, how about we see the world virtually!?
With the majority of the world on lock down, many museums and other travel destinations from all over the world (and beyond) have made it possible to explore their collections and attractions from the comfort of your desktop. Here are just a few of the best Virtual art museum tours from around the United States!
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
The J. Paul Getty Museum actually has 2 locations in Los Angeles, California. Between the 2 are 6000 years of art! You can take a virtual walk through the Getty Center but I also suggest checking out their main website. There you’ll find a links to their collections and exhibits as well as a cool competition started in March encouraging people to recreate art pieces using household items. Also you can check out their awesome video on the Art of Making Tapestry!
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of the Getty Museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York
One of the best known museums in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or better known as simply ‘The Met’, has created virtual realities where you can walk through and explore both the main building as well as the Breuer Building.
Neither of these museums are to be missed but definitely check out their textile collection. It has over 18,000 pieces with everything from tapestries to clothing and furniture to Quilts!
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of the Met.
Seattle Art Museum
One of the great things about Seattle is there’s no place like it on Earth. From the famous Pike Place Market to the Space Needle there’s life, color and inspiration around every corner. And the Museum of Art is no exception.
Besides it’s amazing collection or paintings and sculptures, they also carry an array of Native American collections as well as ‘Oceanic Art’. From Modern to Traditional and pieces form all over the world, this one is a must visit.
This piece is one of my personal favorites!
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of the Seattle Art Museum.
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC
Most people are very familiar with the Smithsonian name. But, did you know it has several different museums all under the name Smithsonian? It’s true! And right now you can check out many of them virtually for free! I personally love the Portrait Gallery (above) but you can also check out more of the museums in their Virtual Travel collection HERE.
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery.
Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
If you are looking for incredible art, history and historic homes, then Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is the place for you! You can venture through the European decorative arts inside the Rienzi house museum and gardens. Or choose to walk through the American style of the Bayou Bend house museum and gardens.
Finally venture over to the main campus to view their amazing painting and sculpture collections. You can also check out their new Virtual Experience by following them on social media and signing up for the newsletter.
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of Houston’s Museum of Fine Art.
Art Institute of Chicago
As one of the leading Art Museums in the country, the Art Institute of Chicago houses such famous paintings as ‘Self Portrait’ by Van Gogh and ‘A Sunday on La Grande Jutte’ by Seurat. One of the great things about their interactive site is you can go behind the scenes through their blogs and videos.
They also have a pretty great textile collection which includes amazing Friendship Quilt!
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art has a unique take on the virtual gallery. Simply click on a section of the map and you are shown all the pieces it contains. From there you can explore each piece more in depth. Want to check out some Decorative Art vases and pitchers? Click on room 333. Want to view some incredible drawings and tapestries from ancient China? Click on room 203. Every room has something new to explore!
Click HERE to take the virtual tour of the Institute of Art.
Now Let’s Really Go!
Aren’t these museums amazing? Couldn’t you spend hours getting lost inside those virtual walls of artistry and inspiration? All this travel has certainly made me want to visit each and every one. Now I just need to get them all added to my Bucket list so I don’t forget!
What’s your favorite musuem? Do they have their collections available online? Let me know if the comments!
As always my friends, Hoppy Quilting!