Museums and galleries all over the world are shutting their doors but that doesn’t mean we can’t visit! Technology is a gift and tech-savvy creators have come up with fun virtual tours for the public to access.
Dress code? Opening hours? Entrance fees? Now you don’t have to worry about any of that! All you need is a smartphone or a laptop and steady internet connection. Huddle up in the most comfortable spot you can find, and check out this list we have prepared for you!
The National Aquarium, Baltimore
This huge aquarium is listed as one of the top three aquariums in the country and is home to over 20,000 species. There seems to be no limit to the gorgeous creatures they have here – think spotted unicornfish, wolf eels, zebra sharks, and a whole array of jellyfish, the likes of which we have never heard of before. On top of that, the diverse collection of plants and animals help to make sure you never run out of things to look at! In the virtual tour, you get the opportunity to visit all levels of the aquarium, including sections like Shark Alley, the Amazon River, and Jellies. Just remember to pick your jaw off the floor when you leave.
Start your visit here: https://aqua.org/media/virtualtours/baltimore/index.html
Walt Disney World, Florida
This world-renowned entertainment complex is made up of four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as two water parks, 27 themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including the outdoor shopping center, Disney Springs. Making use of Street View Trekker, Google has created a 360-degree imagery of the parks, which offers an immersive look into the Walt Disney World. With the amount of free time on hand, why not take this time to plan out your trip for when this is all over? It would be a great way to help you make the most of your trip there!
Uffizi Gallery, Firenze
Designed in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari, this prominent art museum was first created to store the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. Eventually, the top floor became a private exhibition to house ancient sculpture, artwork and artifacts collected by the House of Medici. Later on, in 1769, it was opened to the public. The building in its entirety has an imposing Mannerist-style architecture, a monumental enclosed passageway, and a portico flanked by two pillars. Sounds grand, right? In the virtual tour, you get to admire collections from the Baroque times and the Italian Renaissance, among others. There are also online exhibits with high quality images and detailed explanations to help you truly appreciate the work put into the pieces!
Start your visit here: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/uffizi-gallery?hl=en
National Palace Museum, Taipei
Home to almost 70,000 ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, this world-class museum is one of the largest of its kind globally. The modern museum is constructed in the style of a Northern Chinese palace, and was witness to many ups and downs throughout the ages before finally opening to the public in 1965. In the virtual tour, visitors can explore all 4 floors of this majestic building, including rooms exhibiting Ch’ing furniture, bronze masterpieces, and ceramic collections. Educational and awe-inspiring, all in one.
Start your visit here: http://tech2.npm.edu.tw/720vr/museumen/views.html
Machu Picchu, Peru
Located high in the slopes of the Andes, this amazing archaeological site draws huge numbers of visitors. Explorer Hiram Bingham III accidentally stumbled upon Machu Picchu in 1911 while looking for another city called Vilcabamba. He tried to argue that the two were the same, but was proven wrong after his death. Accompanied by a virtual tour guide, you get to enjoy panoramic views of the Inca Empire while admiring the brilliant buildings that were constructed without mortar (gasp). Venture through the entrance into the heart of Machu Picchu and take a look at the splendid views from the top.
Start your visit here: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu