Are you bored in this period of crisis? Stuck at Home and your thirst for culture does not leave you despite the recommendation to stay confined? There is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re might be bored home. Here is for you a small compilation of museums and movies accessible online. It’s free !
According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world..
Your thirst for culture does not leave you despite the recommendation to stay at home? Here is for you a small compilation of museums accessible online. It’s free !
These 22 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
British Museum, London
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.
The Met, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of New York: fashionable Vermeer and Bruegel art, with exhibitions on Coco Chanel, Rei Kawakubo, Dior, all collections two virtual paths to explore the museum.
Smithsonian Museum, New York
One of the most famous American museums and one of the most important museums in the world: the Smithsonian not only stops at classical history, that of events and dates, but also enters the world of pop. For example, you can find the superhero exhibit online, with the prominent Captain America shield and one of the most popular TV shows.
The Museum of American Photography
The site is in English, but the photographs are understood in all the languages that you speak: you can find all the American history of photography, by clicking on the various links around the text. A joy for the eyes.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
National Gallery, London
At the National Gallery, London you can find incredible paintings and works of art as well as a visit to the 3D gallery.
The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
In this museum, there is the history of Spanish art, but also the history of Spain and Europe. But still: Guernica by Picasso! Even if you cannot be physically in front of this gigantic canvas, seeing it through a screen also has its effect. Here you will find a visit to the museum, the Palazio de Velazquèz and the Palacio de cristal.
The Palace of Versailles
You have seen it in two thousand films, and now you can also see it on the computer. At The Palace of Versailles, hallways of mirrors, chandeliers (no, really, there are mind-blowing chandeliers) , paintings, exhibitions and parks.
As soon as you open the site of The Louvre, a pop-up appears to warn you of the probable problems that could arise due to COVID-19: here are the museums of the coronavirus era. But you can find the whole of the Louvre just a click away: the Egyptians, the works, the Apollo gallery.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.
Space ! is not a museum, but it is beautiful. With a little practice, you will learn how to use this telescope online and you will see many beautiful things.
Sadly, not all popular art museums and galleries could be included on Google Arts & Culture’s collection, but some museums are taking it upon themselves to offer online visits. According to Fast Company, the Louvre also offers virtual tours on its website.
The Movies Coming to Streaming Early as Coronavirus Closes Theaters
Amid the rapid rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film industry is rethinking how it will reach consumers.
While distributors and movies studios are postponing the releases of new films like Mulan and Fast and Furious 9, many major movie theater chains are closing throughout the United States to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus; both AMC Theatres and Regal announced that they would be shutting down all U.S. locations following the CDC’s release of new guidelines early this week.
As a result, many of the films that recently hit the big screen or were slated to still be in theaters now will be headed to streaming or digital distribution early. Some films, like Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour, which was due to release in theaters April 10, will even be available on streaming and digital services without making a theatrical debut.
Organized by the dates on which they became or will become available on demand, here are all the movies coming to streaming early. And if indies are more your speed, scroll down to see where to get your indie fix on various streamers offering discounted access.
When to look out for big studio movies
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney+)
The final installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy was released a few days before it was scheduled to hit Disney’s streaming platform.
Frozen 2 (Disney+)
Disney is releasing the icy follow-up to its family-friendly 2013 box-office bonanza on its streaming service three months earlier than planned.
The Invisible Man (iTunes, Prime Video)
Universal/Blumhouse’s science fiction thriller hit theaters on Feb. 28, but will be available to view from the comfort of your own home less than a month after its release ($19.99 for a 48-hour VOD rental).
The Hunt (iTunes, Prime Video)
The Hunt‘s initial release was canceled after the controversial film received criticism following mass shootings in 2019; its re-release in theaters took place on March 13, but because of the coronavirus, it will now be available for streaming on March 20 ($19.99 for a 48-hour VOD rental).
Emma (iTunes, Prime Video)
Focus Features’ new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma has been in theaters since Feb. 21, but will be coming to streaming a month after its release ($19.99 for 48-hour VOD rental).
Birds of Prey (iTunes, Prime Video)
The D.C./Warner Bros. superhero flick hit theaters on Feb. 7, but it will now be available to buy for $19.99 on March 24 and available to rent in April.
Warner Bros. will release Just Mercy, the film based on lawyer and Equal Justice Institute founder Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, to streaming and digital on March 24. It had its theatrical debut on Christmas day 2019.
STK’s Guy Ritchie-helmed thriller The Gentlemen will be available for digital and streaming release, 60 days after its January theatrical debut.
Trolls World Tour
Universal/DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour was scheduled for theatrical release on April 10; as most theaters’ will be closed, they’ll be releasing the film digitally and for streaming on the same day.
While Disney’s release date for its live-action Mulan has been delayed indefinitely, the studio is not planning on doing a streaming-only release on Disney+, as of this time.
While the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has been canceled, the organization behind the festival will be rolling out short films from Tribeca alumni on their Vimeo channel; every day at 11 am, a new short will debut.