50+ Amazing Free Virtual Museum Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home

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Did you know that you can visit museums and art galleries across the world virtually?! Google Arts & Culture provide amazing virtual tours. You can feel like you’re walking through beautiful exhibitions, from your bed! Best of all, they’re free.

As a Classical Archaeology student, I’ve been a fan of the British Museum virtual tour for years. Recently, I’ve been enjoying many other virtual museum tours from all over the world. 

I’ve compiled a list of 50+ Amazing Virtual Museum Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home. It may surprise you to know that this is only a small selection of the available tours. Most of these are provided by Google Arts & Culture. Some museums also offer their own virtual tours, which I have included here too.

Some of my all-time favourite museums are featured on this list and some that I’ve never visited in real life. I’ve never been lucky enough to venture beyond Europe. Consequently, these online virtual tours have provided a way for me to enjoy American and Asian museums too!

Somerset House London
Somerset House, London. Photograph taken by myself.

50+ Amazing Virtual Museum & Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home

If you’d like to skip to a specific section, use the clickable table of contents below. Each museum tour is linked, so you can click straight through to view it.

St Paul's Cathedral London
St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Photograph taken by myself.

The U.K.

Firstly, I’ll start with the virtual museum and art gallery tours I recommend from the U.K. Most of these are my favourite museums, and ones I have personally visited.

During my time as a Classics student in London, the British Museum became my second home! As for art galleries, I love the National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, and the Scottish National Gallery. The Courtauld Gallery deserves a special mention; its location at Somerset House meant it was essentially on the campus of my university, King’s College London. I spent many breaks between lectures browsing the Courtauld! My absolute favourite museum in the U.K. is the V&A, a truly beautiful place.

The British Museum

The National Gallery

RAF Museum

Royal Academy of Arts

Natural History Museum

The Courtauld Gallery

Tate Britain

V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Virtual Museum Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Photograph taken by myself.

Oxford University History of Science Museum 

Scottish National Gallery – Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish National Gallery Free Virtual Tour. Virtual Museum Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph taken by myself.

Republic of Ireland

Blarney Castle – Cork, Ireland

Museum of London
Museum of London. Photograph taken by myself.

I also have a blog post sharing my favourite museums in London.

Europe

The Louvre – Paris, France

Musee d’Orsay – Paris, France

The Palace of Versailles – Paris, France

Acropolis Museum – Athens, Greece

Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anne Frank HouseAmsterdam, Netherlands

The Munch Museum – Oslo, Norway

Altes Museum – Berlin, Germany

Pergamon Museum – Berlin, Germany

New Masters Gallery, Dresden State Art Collections – Dresden, Germany

Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy

Ca’ Pesaro, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna – Venice, Italy

Pinacoteca di Brera – Milan, Italy

Musei Capitolini – Rome, Italy

Vatican Museum – Vatican City, Rome, Italy

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, MNAC – Barcelona, Spain

Picasso Museum – Barcelona, Spain

The Dali Theatre-Museum – Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

Dali Lobster Telephone Scottish National Gallery. Virtual Museum Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home
Dali’s Lobster Telephone! Scottish National Gallery. Photograph taken by myself.

Belvedere – Vienna, Austria

Museum of Fine Arts – Budapest

The National Museum – Krakow, Poland

Ateneum Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

National Gallery Prague – Czechia

The Olympic Museum – Lausanne, Switzerland

The State Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg, Russia

U.S.A. + South America

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York

The Met – New York

The J. Paul Getty Museum – Los Angeles

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery – Washington DC

National Gallery of Art – Washington DC

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum – Boston

NASA Langley Research Center (Virginia) & Glenn Research Center (Ohio)

Museo Dolores Olmedo – Mexico

Museo Frida Kahlo – Mexico City

MASP – Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Asia, India & Australia

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Seoul, South Korea

Ohara Museum of Art – Kurashiki, Japan

Tokyo National Museum – Tokyo, Japan

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

National Gallery of Modern Art – New Delhi, India

National Gallery of Victoria – Melbourne, Australia

There we have it! My list of 50+ amazing Virtual Museum Gallery Tours you can take at home, for free. Google Arts & Culture have over 500 virtual museum tours! Make sure to check them out, it’s a wonderful resource. 


Henry Moore Sculpture Edinburgh. Virtual Museum Gallery Tours You Can Take At Home
Henry Moore Sculpture, Scottish National Gallery. Photograph taken by myself.

I’m also in the process of compiling another similar ‘virtual tourism’ blog post. This post will feature my favourite National Park & Gardens virtual tours! We can all enjoy a bit of nature without leaving our homes, amazing right? These virtual tours cannot replace exercise, fresh air, and enjoying flowers in real life. However, it is important to realise that parks are not available to everyone. Consequently, the internet can provide a temporary solution!

Stay safe, and make sure to practice self-care. If you’re struggling with self-care, I have several free self-care checklists and printables available on Gumroad. Have a read of my Self-Care blog posts.


Have you been enjoying any Virtual Museum Gallery Tours? Let me know which ones are your favourite!

All the best,

Emily, x

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24 comments

  1. A great review I had seen some of the virtual tours advertised but this is a one stop shop. Think I’ll be viewing a couple later when I’m relaxing.

  2. I really need to check things like this out. my parents are meant to be visiting this summer but may need to be stuck in our house the whole time due to quarantine measures – this will at least be a fun way to pretend we are doing things haha

  3. I have heard about these virtaul museums ut not looked into them yet. Never knew there was so many. I have booked marked this page and will be checking them all out over the next week

  4. This is great, id love to still visit the locations as they are often set in lovely cities, but i really see the benefits of doing a VR Museum tour and is a great thing to do.

  5. We love visiting museums as a family and the fact that you can visit virtual ones during lockdown is brilliant for homeschooling and also for any museum enthusiasts or people wanting to extend their knowledge!

  6. Oh wow this is such a great list! i can’t believe how many there are – I am going to take a look at a few of these that have already caught my eye.

  7. Such a great idea, I had no idea you could do this – have a good idea for some home learning now

  8. This does sounds great ad you don’t need to worry about travelling or the weather. What a great way to see museums all around the world.

  9. Wooow! I had no idea of this!
    What a great way to increase our culture without leaving home! Thank you!
    I’m a big fan of museums!

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