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Virtual museum tours: a small guide

Traveling means discovering new places, learning about traditions, stories and cultures different from ours. Museums and monuments represent the emblem of this concept, enclosing treasures that speak of the world in all its aspects. But what if you can’t go to a museum? Then the museum will come to you!

In this particular period, in fact, some of the most important museums in the world have made available several virtual tours, allowing millions of visitors, equipped with only an internet connection as entrance ticket, to visit their most important collections.

Museums in the world

Paris, of course, easily becomes one of the main capitals of virtual tours thanks to the accuracy of the descriptions and itineraries proposed by the Louvre Museum (which provides not only insights on the collections, but also on the spaces that host them), as well as the Musée d’Orsay and the Palace of Versailles which, in collaboration with Google, have organized extremely varied tours with textual elements, photos, 360-degree panoramas and videos with historical insights.

New York also does its part: the city that never sleeps reveals all its beauty online thanks to a plan created by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs which includes visits to the main museums (especially the MET), web replicas of Broadway and Metropolitan Opera shows, information and curiosities about the whole city, going beyond Manhattan, taking this particular opportunity to show the other districts of the Big Apple.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Hermitage in Moscow, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Archaeological Museum in Athens and many others also open their doors to virtual visitors.

Museums in Italy

With its beauties around every corner, Italy too reveals its wonders via web: the unmissable Uffizi in Florece, offering the program “IperVisioni” – an in-depth study on some well-defined historical-artistic paths -, then also the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan and the Vatican Museums.

Amusing solutions are offered by the Egyptian Museum of Turin, which has published some interesting “Walks with the Director”, thematic tours led by Christian Greco (Director of the Museum and Egyptologist of international fame), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Venice which entertains its guests with quizzes on art and the Teatro alla Scala which opens its curtains for web replicas of the most important works of the past seasons.

Palermo also unveils itself on your screens thanks to the contributions of the University of Palermo, which reveals its museum system with the “Virtual Tours” project, immersing the user in  the museums of Geology, Zoology, Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri, the Botanical Garden and other places of incredible value for the city.

You just have to choose the destination and start traveling comfortably from your sofa: if this opportunity allows you to discover the beauty of every corner of the world, dreaming of being outside of your home, it can also give you an inspiration for your next destination, imagining yourself already headed to the airport ready to take a plane to your next vacation!

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