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Stuck at home but yearning for your culture fix? As the majority of the world’s must-see museums and art galleries temporarily closed their doors in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the culturally curious can now visit hundreds of world-class museums and historical places thanks to virtual tours from Google Arts and Culture.

Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay

More than 2,500 museums and galleries have teamed up with Google to provide the public access to some of the greatest museums and art collections in the world, according to Travel + Leisure. While some may argue there’s no better way to experience the Musee d’Orsay in Paris or The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York than strolling the halls of these magnificent exhibits, these detailed virtual tours bring the museum magic to you while the majority of the world practices social distancing during this unprecedented time.

National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City
National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City

Some of the most beloved museums featured in the virtual tours include the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea; the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City; and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Exploring these and other museums you or may not have heard of can give you a sense of exploration and a source of education so you can learn of new places and things to do while at home — a great way to start planning your next getaway when we can all travel again.

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Chateau de Versailles, France
Chateau de Versailles, France

In addition to museums, you can search Google Arts & Culture by location, exploring countries across the globe. Virtually travel to France and take in 360-degree views from atop the Eiffel Tower or explore the Palace of Versailles through its arts and 360-degree views of the Hall of Mirrors, the Water Pathway and the Colonnade Grove. Hop across the pond to the United Kingdom to view St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where you can learn about the design of the cathedral as well as take in views of the Whispering Gallery, the Model Room and inside the Cathedral itself.

And while Italy is currently on the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world as it struggles with the coronavirus outbreak, you can virtually view the magnificent museums and art galleries in the country as well as explore the Valley of Temples, an archaeological area in Sicily and UNESCO World Heritage Site dotted with Doric temples. Travel back to the U.S. and virtually tour The White House, exploring the art hanging on the walls within the presidential home to a virtual tour of some of the areas inside and outside the compound.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Using Google Arts & Culture during this time of self-isolation or sheltering at home can keep you connected to some of the world’s most significant cultural experiences and inspire future travel plans as you learn about new places around the world to explore. So skip the Netflix documentaries and History Channel profiles, and virtually tour the real museums and historical sites the world has to offer.

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