Museums around the world may have temporarily shut their doors to visitors, but they have opened up their web browsers. Dozens of the world’s best institutions are offering free virtual tours and online access to their collections to help entertain people during these trying times. This means you can enjoy world renowned exhibits ( while practicing responsible social distancing ) from the comfort of your couch! Happy virtual visiting, and stay safe. We’ll get through this together, Pittsburgh! 

Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Missing out on a hometown favorite – the Carnegie Museum of Art? All current collection items are available online. Easily spend hours learning about Monet to Matisse to everyone in between.  The museum is also offering access to their archives page, and this lets visitors take a deep dive into the rich history of the museum. Even if you’ve been to the Carnegie Museum of Art before, we can guarantee there is still something new to see! 

British Museum (London, England)

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This museum is the most impressive museum I have ever visited. Their collection is incredibly extensive, with treasures and artifacts from every corner of the day. When I visited, I left with one question: how does anyone see everything that this museum has on display? Luckily, thanks to the online tour, that question has been answered. Virtual visitors can now work through the thousands of pieces at their own pace. 

Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)

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Paris is a city of riches, and the Musée d’Orsay is one of their best. While the Louvre is typically the first stop on any art lover’s trip to Paris, this world renowned museum would be the second ( or first, in some people’s opinions). Thanks to Google, virtual visitors are able to learn about the museum and browse through nearly 300 pieces of fine art. 

Van Gogh Museum  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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In Amsterdam, an entire museum is dedicated to one of the most notable Netherlands citizens of all time: Vicent Van Gogh. If you’re looking to learn more about one of the best artists of the impressionism periods ( or what impressionism is), this is the virtual tour for you.

Smithsonian  Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C)

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Natural History buff? Take a virtual tour of one of the Smithision’s most popular museums: the Museum of Natural History. Check out the other virtual museum tours that the Smithsioan institution is offering – so many options that it’ll be tough to decide which one to tour first.  

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)

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Check out Brazil’s first modern museum, founded in 1947, for a glance at one of the world’s best art museums. You can easily spend hours scrolling through and learning about over a 1,000 works of display. Art lovers of all different types are sure to find something they like in this museum’s diverse collection.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine began working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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