Free virtual museums offered during coronavirus pandemic


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Due to social-distancing, museums are bringing their artworks and pieces to your screen. Below are a few free virtual museums to experience.

Gabriela Gomez

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all museums are currently closed but many are offering virtual tours right from your couch, bedroom or wherever you are.  Here are some of the museums that are offering free virtual tours and are available on Google Arts and Culture. 

The Vatican Museum:

 The Vatican Museum in Italy is a free virtual tour that includes seven different tours, including a self- guided tour of Raphael’s Rooms, that show beautiful paintings on the walls once you enter the room. There’s also a 360-degree, self-guided tour of the famous Sistine Chapel.

The Getty Museum: 

Los Angeles’s premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” which is a closer look at food of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The Louvre:  

If you have been wanting to go to a museum in Paris, then you can. The Louvre is offering free tours of three of its most famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities. It’s an exciting experience.

National Museum of the United States Air Force:

You may not be able to take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential airplane but you can still check it out. The tour allows visitors to a 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum from gallery to gallery.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:

Washington, D.C.’s National History Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. They are offering an online tour throughout the whole museum. Viewers are welcomed into its rotunda and are greeted with a comprehensive room-by-room, a 360-degree walking tour of all its exceptional exhibits.


NASA is offering free virtual tours of Langley Research Center in Virginia, as well in Ohio’s Glenn’s Research Center. The station in Houston, Texas has an app that provides virtual tours, augmented reality experiences, videos and audio stories about space exploration.

Museo Dolores Olmedo: 

The museum is located in Xochimilco, Mexico City, and has such beautiful artwork of artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.  This museum has 17 different stories about Kahlo’s and Rivera’s life and how Frida portrayed Diego. 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA):

 Known as the largest art museum in the western United States and as well as the Urban Lights, LAMCA’s collections surround the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art. The museum includes artwork and pieces from around the world. They only offer one virtual tour about men’s fashion for the past three hundred years of restraint and resplendence in menswear.