Museums are an important part of our culture and heritage. They allow us to learn more about different people, cultures and history, as well as our own. They educate, inspire and enrich the lives of those who visit and maintain them.
This International Museum Day, let us recover and reimagine the future of museums through their online exhibits and virtual tours. Here are 11 Francophone museums you can visit virtually right now.
Enjoy the collections of the world's most visited museum with Louvre at Home. Browse through the Virtual Tours of the Petite Galerie. Watch live concerts in the Events at the Auditorium. Make it a family day by exploring Louvre Kids where you will find illustrated tales about French history and animated storytellers talking about famous artworks.
Learn about the history of the museum with Louvre Podcast. You can also try their VR Experience of Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass by downloading the app for free on Google Play or the App Store. Compatible with VR goggles.
Musée d’Orsay has a unique history as it was originally a railway station, built during the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It officially opened as a museum in December 1986. The museum houses works of art from the period of 1848 to 1914.
Explore the museum's collection of over 200 artworks through their gallery at Google Arts and Culture. They also have a street view option where you can virtually walk through the galleries and learn about the different paintings on display.
The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has more than 41,000 works of art in its collection, dating back to the 17th century. It is one of the cultural sites in Québec that ensures the preservation and promotion of Québec Art.
Learn more about the museum and their history through a virtual tour of their exhibition IMAGINING - 350 Years of Art Practice in Québec. This virtual tour can be viewed in Virtual Reality using VR goggles.
The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI), is the first museum institution in Morocco to devote itself entirely to modern and contemporary arts. It is also the first public institution to respond to international museum standards.
In 2017, they held an exhibition on Spanish artist Pablo Picasso which showcased more than 100 of his works. Today, this exhibition can be viewed online through their virtual tour Face à Picasso. Enjoy discovering all the paintings in the different galleries through this virtual museum.
Visit the largest dinosaur gallery in Europe through the virtual tour of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. Explore their different online exhibits like the famous Bernissart Iguanodons, and the Marvels of Evolution via their galleries at Google Arts and Culture. You can also visit their virtual collections via their website here. The Museum of Natural Sciences is part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS).
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium preserves the most important visual arts collection of Belgium from the 15th to the 21st century. Explore their different exhibits and collections through Fine Arts at Home.
Discover the unseen masterpieces of Bruegel and other renowned artworks in their collection powered by Google Arts and Culture. For the full Virtual Reality experience, get your VR goggles ready and look into their Be Modern exhibition, showcasing their modern and contemporary art collections.
The Luxembourg City History Museum is the gem of the city, preserving and promoting the history of Luxembourg in an innovative way. Discover more about this city and its history through a virtual tour of their permanent exhibition The Luxembourg Story which showcases the more than thousand-year history of the capital of the Grand Duchy. Get the full Virtual Reality experience by using your VR goggles while exploring the exhibit.
The National Museum Zurich is part of the Swiss National Museum and showcases the history of Switzerland, giving insight to the Swiss identity. This museum has brought digital tours to the next level by offering virtual guided tours via Zoom where a tour guide goes around the museum, in real time, showing you the different exhibitions on display.
Registration is free of charge so check their website often to see their different offerings. Guided tours are offered in English. They have also made their online collection accessible which can be viewed through their website.
Explore the underground ossuaries of Paris which holds the remains of millions of Parisians, and have piqued the curiosity of millions of people all over the world. Get a view of the catacombs in this virtual tour and learn about the history of how the catacombs came to be with their online resources.
Learn about the pre-historic era and the origin of humanity by visiting Le Grotte de Lascaux. View the cave paintings with a guided virtual tour and learn more about its history, discovery, and meaning, by browsing through their different resources on their website.
Though not a Francophone museum, one of the newest additions to the Google services, Google Arts and Culture, is one of the best ways to do virtual tours of museums all over the world.
Featuring over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with Google's Cultural Institute, explore museums, play games, learn about artists and works of art, and discover the world's collection of art and culture at home! Download the App in Play Store or the App Store.
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