11 Francophone Museums with Virtual Tours

Even though nothing compares to the experience of walking into a museum, how about a virtual tour from the comfort and safety of your own home? Here are 11 Francophone Museums with must see virtual tours and exhibits.

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.

 

Musée du Louvre

Paris, France

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Musée d’Orsay

Paris, France

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Chateau de Versailles

Versaille, France

 
Discover the majesty of Chateau de Versailles through their different exhibitions online. Learn about their different collections through their website, or view the palace grounds and its history with their numerous videos on YouTube. For a virtual tour feel, you can view the different parts of Versailles like the  Hall of Mirrors, via Google Arts and Culture. 
 
Facebook        Instagram         Twitter
  

Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec

Quebec, Canada

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Musée Mohammed VI Art Moderne & Contemporain

Rabat, Morocco

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences

Brussels, Belgium

 

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).

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

Brussels, Belgium

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Musée d'histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg

Luxembourg

 

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.  

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Musée national suisse | Landesmuseum Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

Les Catacombes de Paris

Paris, France

Catacombs of Paris

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.

Facebook     Twitter

 

Le Grotte de Lascaux

Montignac, France

 

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.

Facebook        Instagram      

 

Special Mention: Google Arts and Culture

 

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

Facebook        Instagram         Twitter

 

 

***

Learning to speak French? Join our digital online school today for conversations, reading aloud practice and much more!

Join our community