Let’s jump in the car and head to the art museum. Oh, wait I live in the rural center of the middle of nowhere. If we want to hit a well known gallery there is going to be trip involved. But, a virtual gallery? That’s a little different, right?
So grab your cup of coffee, get your favorite blanket and cozy up with your kiddo to check out some world class art, at home!
Technology is not all bad…
Thanks to technology it’s possible to experience what it’s like to stand in the Dali Museum and look 360 degrees around. A minute later you can be walking from room to room in the Courtald Gallery in London listening to a docent explain what you’re seeing.
That’s some pretty awesome opportunity waiting for you right there on your couch.
Virtual gallery tours…
While virtual tours will never replace the awe of seeing great works of art in person they do serve the purpose of making collections of art and the impressive spaces that house them accessible to a much larger audience.
Maybe seeing a work of art or an amazing gallery space while ignite a spark of interest in your kiddo. Capitalize on that interest by providing art materials that allow them to respond to what they’re seeing. Or to copy what they are seeing.
Did you know many great artists trained by copying the masters?
Check out this free museum response printable too. It’s just as applicable online as it is in real life! It’s a great way to get your child used to talking and writing about what they are seeing!
The Dali Museum…
The Dali Museum in Tampa Bay Florida provides visitors an inside look into not only the artwork of surrealist master Salvador Dali, but also to the important people and places of his life. The virtual tour allows a 360 degree view of the grounds, interior, and a few exhibits.
The British Museum….
The British Museum is home to over two million years of history and culture including the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and even Egyptian mummies. This museum teamed with the Google Cultural Institute to offer virtual tours using Google street view technology. You can explore by theme, time period, or geographic area. It’s pretty cool stuff.
The Guggenheim, virtually…
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum holds work by greats such as Marc, Mondrian, Picasso, and Koons. Another partnership with the Google Cultural Institute allows people from any spot in the world to position themselves in the gallery and take a virtual look around. Viewers can use a computer or Google Cardboard technology.
Does it get any more iconic than the Louvre Museum. The largest museum in the world, situated in Paris, France, has three virtual gallery tours. You can visit their collection of Egyptian antiquites, the remains of the Louvre moat, or the recently restored Galerie d’ Apollon.
The National Gallery…
The National Gallery of London houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the thirteenth through the nineteenth centuries. This museum offers a virtual tour of 18 rooms and the collections they hold.
The Courtald Museum Virtual Gallery….
The Courtald Museum in London offers a virtual gallery tour of seven rooms. New photography technology allows users to zoom in to see artwork with exceptional up close quality. Masterpieces by well greats such as Manet and Van Gogh call the Courtald home.
The Frick Museum…
The Frick Museum in New York City is known for the collection of Old Master paintings. The Frick’s virtual gallery tour not only shows images of various rooms but also allows viewers to click on items for an up close view and historical details. All this while listening to a docent led tour. It’s pretty awesome.