50+ Museums you can visit online for free

One year and a half later, we’re still in a pandemic and maybe your travel plans for this summer will have to wait for better times. Traveling abroad is still uncertain, so whatever city trips and museum visits you have planned in the past year, waiting for things to get back to normal, should be considered very carefully or even postponed. Luckily, we live in a digital world, so at least for museum visits, there is a solution.

VR Museum Tour

Here you will find a list of museums from all around the world that you can visit online, most of them offering virtual tours, but also pictures or videos of permanent or temporary collections. Sure, you should take them as a prelude to the real future visits, and not a substitute. You won’t be able to fully enjoy the authenticity of the real art pieces, charged with (in some cases) hundreds of years of history behind them, nor to feel the soul of the artists who put their creative genius at work.

Without further ado, in no particular order, here’s a list of 50+ museums that you can visit online, for free:

1. The Louvre-Paris, France

Night scene of The Louvre Museum

There's plenty more to Louvre than Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The Louvre is one of the most important landmarks in Paris and the most visited museum in the world. If you want to visit it as well, or just to remember your past visits, you can check out their virtual tour here.

2. The Met, New York, USA (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Sculpture of a pharaoh at The Met in New York

You can access the virtual tour here, thanks to their MET 360 project, or you can see the collection of 200,000 works of art on its Google Arts&Culture page.

3. The British Museum, London, UK

The British Museum in London

They have a nice virtual tour here, through Google Street View.

4. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Underground moving walkway at the National Gallery of Art, in Wa

Not a virtual tour, but plenty of photos on their website here.

5. Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy

Vatican Museum Stairs

See the ceiling painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and other exponents curated by the Popes over hundreds of years, thanks to their 360 virtual tour.

6. MoMa, New York, USA


The Museum of Modern Art, one of the largest and most influential modern art museums in the world, has more than 80,000 exponents in their online gallery.

7. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Masterpieces in Uffizi gallery, Florence, Italy

Check out their 360 virtual tour here.

8. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

I know what you're thinking of, but Amsterdam is actually famous for having more than 140 museums, being in top 10 cities with the most museums in the world. Some of them are dedicated to what you were thinking of. But getting back to Rijksmuseum, you have a 360 tour and see more than 150,000 exponents here.

9. J. Paul Gety Museum, Los Angeles, USA

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

A virtual tour and online exhibition, thanks to their Google Arts & Culture page here.

10. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Main hall of the Orsay Museum Musee d`Orsay. Paris, France

Musée d’Orsay was created in the old Orsay train station, which was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, being designed byVictor Laloux, Lucien Magne and Émile Bénard. Check out their online exhibition and virtual tour here.

11. Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum

They have a detailed online exhibition here.

12. The Dalì Museum, Florida, USA

Salvador Dali Museum

A very well done virtual tour here.

13. Or maybe you prefer the Dali Theatre Museum in Catalonia, Spain

Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres

You'll find a very detailed virtual tour here.

14. NASA Glenn Research Center, USA

Cleveland, Ohio May 17, 2020 Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

If NASA didn't have a virtual tour, then who would?

15. NASA Langley Research Center, USA - virtual tour

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16. Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy

Milan - 6/17/2020 : visiting art museum Pinacoteca Brera

They feature more than 600 exponents in their online exhibition.

17. Hermitage St Petersburg, Russia - virtual tour

Dramatic sunset and weather front with snow storm risk in spring over the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

They have hundreds of 360 panoramas in their virtual tour section. Sit back, relax, and explore them. You will be amazed.

18. The National Women’s History Museum, Virginia, USA

Very nice online exhibitions following the history of women in the USA.

19. Egyptian Museum, Turin, Italy

Statues at Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) in Turin

You can visit them through a virtual tourhere.

20. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Just one look at this fascinating building and you'll know you want to visit it. Fortunately, you can do it right this second, with help from their virtual tour on Google Arts & Culture.

21. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Guggenheim Art Museum NYC

Or you can try the online exhibition of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, set in a fascinating building as well.

22. Natural History Museum, London, UK

Natural History Museum in London

The museum needs no introduction, you can't go wrong with this one. And their 360 virtual tour is simply marvellous.

23. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

One of the many museums you can find in Amsterdam, with a detailed online exhibition.

24. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, USA

National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

The Smithsonian is one of the most visited museums in the world, and their 360 virtual tours are simply fantastic.

25. National Museum of the US Air Force, USA

Vintage Plane American Airforce

It's obviously a huge museum, so you may wanna take the virtual tour first.

26. The Spy Museum, Washington DC, USA

International Spy Museum

Step into a world of real 007s through their virtual tour here.

Wow, that's a lot of museums, can you take any more?

British Museum Visitors

Let's continue our cultural journey:

27. Tate Modern, London, UK

The Tate Modern museum and art gallery in London

Take the 360 virtual tour to one of the most important museums of modern art.

28. The National Gallery, London, UK

The National Gallery London

This is one of the most impressing museums in the world, featuring over 2000 paintings of famous painters likeLeonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Monet, Van Gogh and many others. Take their virtual tourhere.

29. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Don't try to memorize this name. Just get your VR glasses ready and check out their immersive virtual tour here. Works without glasses as well.

30. Vienna State Opera, Austria

Vienna Opera Ball

A fantastic virtual tour into one of the most famous concert halls in the world. Spoiler alert, the hall is empty, you still have to buy the tickets and get yourself there in person if you want to watch a show.

31. Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy

Panorama of Capitoline Hill and Piazza del Campidoglio in the Evening, Rome, Italy

Rome's oldest museums complex, The Capitoline is built in Piazza dei Campidoglio square, designed by Michelangelo, on Capitoline Hill. Its 360 virtual tour is definitely worth seeing.

32. Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania

Peles, Sinaia. Romania

See where the kings of Romania used to live, in a castle that costed around $120 million to be built. Check out the virtual tour here.

33. Raffaello Exhibition in Scuderie del Quirinale, ItalyIn March 2020, Rome organized a landmark exhibition in honor of Raffaello, gathering over 200 paintings from around the world. It was the comemoration of 500 years since Raffaello's death. However, the coronavirus pandemic started at the same time, so it was closed after just a few days.

But you can visit it through this video tour (in Italian)

34. The Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Self-portrait of Van Gogh in Art Institute of Chicago

Check out their video tours here.

35. Museo Napoleonico, Rome, Italy

Visit this museum dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, thanks to its detailed virtual tour.

36. Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

Centro Cultural de Belem Lisbon

The modern art museum is located in Belem quarter and features more than 1000 works of art.

You can virtually visit it here.

37. Cluny Museum - Paris, France

Musee national du Moyen Age in Paris, France

Take the virtual tour into National Museum of the Middle Ages.

38. The Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

Romanian Parliament, Bucharest

Not necessarily a real museum, but definitely worth visiting, as it is the second largest building in the world.

39. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium, Belem, Lisbon

One of the world's largest private collections of art. Take the virtual tour here.

40. The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Acropolis of Athens at sunset with a beautiful dramatic sky

This one needs no introduction, right? You can virtually visit it here.

41. Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Benaki museum in Athens.

While you're still in Athens, you can also visit the Benaki Museum, thanks to its virtual tour here.

42. Frick Collection, New York, USA

Frick Collection

Featuring works by Bellini, Fragonard, Goya, Rembrandt, Turner, Velázquez and many others, the Frick Collection museum can be visited online here.

43. Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City, Mexic

COYOACAN, MEXICO - NOV 1, 2016:Tourists wait in long line to get to the famous Frida Kalho Museum

See the online exhibition and virtual tours here.

44. Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

Inside the Museum of Broken Relationships

This will be an interesting visit for sure.

45. National Museum of China, Beijing, China

Whether you speak Chinese or not, you can take the virtual tour here.

46. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

National Palace Museum in taipei,Taiwan

A nice virtual tour is waiting for you here.

47. Luxembourg City Museum, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City History Museum

Luxembourg is a country. Its capital is - you guessed right - in Luxembourg City. This museum follows the 1000 years history of the city. You can take the virtual tourhere.

48. National Museum of Natural History Grigore Antipa, Bucharest, Romania

Details from the Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History

You can take the virtual tour here.

49. National Museums of Ireland

Just select the desired museum and go on a virtual tour here.

50. Titanic Experience Cobh, Cork, Ireland

Ireland. Cobh - Queenstown. Titanic

You may have seen the movie, but now it's time to visit the real place, where it all started.

51. Pacific Museum of Earth, Vancouver, Canada

A very nice and detailed virtual tour here.

52. Museums and landmarks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Beautiful Dubai skyline during colorful sunset

Just choose your favorite museum or landmark from Dubai and explore it in 360 here.

Having this list of museums with virtual tours at hand, I need to repeat that there’s no digital equivalent to a real visit, no camera, no matter how advanced, can replace the real feeling of seeing these places and the exponents in real life, up close and personal.

So, you should definitely plan real visits to the ones you loved the most, as soon as the travel restrictions (or your budget) allows it.

Family On Trip To Museum Looking At Map Together

Now, if you have your own tips about great museums in your country, who offer free virtual tours, let me know in the comments below and maybe we’ll update this list and make it huge, so that more of our fellow readers can benefit from it.

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