From the MoMa to the Louvre, here are the 20 most beautiful online museums in the world that you can discover for free, without leaving your home. All you need is an internet connection

Museums online? What a great idea! Would you like to travel the world, visit museums and discover works of art, but never have the time to do it? This list is perfect for you. Read on to enter the 20 most spectacular museums in the world for free without leaving your home. All you need is an internet connection to spend your free time between artistic masterpieces and pieces of history, relaxing but without forgetting to continue learning new things every day.

1. The British Museum, London

The British Museum boasts one of the largest online museums in the world. The website gives you access to a huge collection of more than 8 million objects but also how they have been documented over the centuries. For instance, you could see the Phoenician panel of a sphinx in ivory.

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2. The Louvre, Paris

This museum offers free online access to its important exhibits. For instance, some works from Michelangelo or the famous Egyptian Antiquities. What’s more, you can take a 360-degree tour and click what you find attractive to discover some additional information.

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3. Vatican Museums, Rome

A collection of classical sculptures curated by the Popes over the centuries is available at the Vatican Museums. Don’t miss the chance to take a virtual tour of Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and of the other iconic exhibits.

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4. The National Gallery of Art, Washington

If you can’t visit Washington D.C. and you’re really curious to discover this museum, use its virtual tours of galleries and exhibits. Moreover, you can also listen to audio and watch some video of past lectures.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, United States.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, United States. Photo by Ryan Spencer on Unsplash

5. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

High-quality pictures of some of the most attractive artistic works. You’ll have the chance to see the works of some famous italian artists such as Cimabue or Botticelli.

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6.The Dalì Theatre Museum, Florida

The Dali Museum, Saint Petersburg, United States
The Dali Museum, Saint Petersburg, United States, Photo by Ryan Stefan on Unsplash

This museum is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and it is completely dedicated to the artwork of Salvador Dalí. It boasts several rooms and exhibits following each step of Dalí’s career. In addition, Dalì himself is buried there.

7. Nasa Museum, Virginia

You can visit the Langley Research Center in Virginia. There’s also an app for virtual tours, videos, reality experiences and stories to discover.

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8. Prado Museum, Madrid

The artificial intelligence supplied by this website will offer you a huge collection divided following a specific timeline.

Prado Museum
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9. MoMa, New York

Discover the beautiful collection of this famous museum in New York by looking at their website. It will seem like you’re looking at some pics from your smartphone gallery.

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10.The National Women’s History Museum, Virginia

This well-curated online exhibits, with its oral histories, is perfect if you want to discover women’s distinctive culture and history in the United States. As a matter of fact, its aim is to empower and inspire women.

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11. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, Bozen

The “Iceman Database” is now also available online! Whether you’re a little curious kid or someone who’s into archeology, discover every detail about the Iceman thanks to this website.

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12. Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Take a closer look of the beautiful exhibits in Milan, at the Pinacoteca di Brera. As a matter of fact, their HD pics will give you the chance to discover their interesting online collection made of 669 objects.

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13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Thank to The Met 360° Project, the virtual tour supplied by their website makes the experience so real that it will seem like you are there.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
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14. Hermitage St Petersburg

More than three million works  of the world culture are available at the online collection of the State Hermitage. For example, you can take a look of The Winter Palace of Peter the Great, a unique monument from the 18th century.

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15. Egyptian Museum, Turin

Christian Greco, the executive director, streams video tours on Facebook where he explains the majestic collection of this museum.  Don’t miss this chance.

Egyptian Museum
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16. Guggenheim, Bilbao

Near the Nerviòn River, there’s a unique building made of steel and titanium. This is one of the world’s most distinctive museums. Thanks to a virtual tour you can discover a collection of postwar European and American painting and sculpture.

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 17. Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

80 galleries are available on the website of this museum. While exploring the Great Hall and beyond, you’ll get the chance to discover the most beautiful works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and others.

Amsterdam Museum
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18. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

In the Gare d’Orsay, a hotel and railway in Paris, there’s this distinctive museum which is home to some of the most important French artists such as Monet and Cézanne. If you’re passionate about Impressionist works, here you’ll find a huge collection of masterpieces. Also, the virtual tour includes the history of the building.

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19. Natural History Museum, London

The Natural History Museum’s collection is one of the most important ones in UK, since it’s always really attractive both for Londoners and tourists. Get lost in gallery spaces and in its long corridors, thanks to its virtual tour. In the entrance hall, tou’ll see the famous Dippy the dino.

London Museum
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20. J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Getty is one of the most famous art places on the west coast, with its long history of creative treasures. From Van Gogh’s Irises to neolithic clay figure. The virtual tour provides of very beautiful artworks. So, take a look on the internal gallery and discover all the information about the exhibition.

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Don’t miss this chance of exploring the best online museums in the world, and learning directly from your couch. Stay comfortable, and don’t ever stop being curious about discovering new things!

Cover Photo: Vatican Museums in Rome, Photo by Chris Malinao Burgett on Unsplash


Author: Monica Crudele

Curiosity and a strong desire to discover new things are what keeps me updated on what’s going on around me. I am a hopeless optimist; as a matter of fact, I strongly believe that every human being has enough power to make a change and, although our everyday actions represent only a tiny drop in the ocean, they are crucial in order to improve the world we live in.
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