Things to Do at Home: Museum & Gallery Virtual Tours

Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Tour incredible exhibitions near and far from the comfort of your home while on a virtual tour of local, national, and international museum’s current and permanent exhibits.

Whether you’d like to study up on mummification, learn about some of the most influential fashion designers, take in the beauty of a painting, or just take a break from binging a TV show, there’s something for everyone.

Read on to check out some of our favorite museums hosting virtual experiences.

Things to Do at Home: Museum & Gallery Virtual Tours

Museums in Houston

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – The local art staple offers plenty of online exhibits. Tune in via their social media to access the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston collections and selected exhibitions, films, art-making activities, recorded lectures, artist talks and more. Some exhibits include the Latino Experiences in the USA: Works from the MFAH Collection and Space City: Photographs from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers digital museum experiences from the comfort of your home. Dive into their online collection with video archives and virtual tours, and connect through their social media. Check out their fossil exhibit, The Land that Time Forgot, or learn about mummification in their Life and Death in Ancient Egypt exhibit.
  • Asia Society Texas Center in Houston Asia Society offers a digital look at different exhibitions including its permanent outdoor installation, Relatum—signal by Lee Ufan.

Museums Around The World

  • The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles – Featuring works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, the LA museum offers virtual tours of exhibits like Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, a show about food in the middle ages and the renaissance, as well as permanent pieces from their collection.
  • La Galleria Nazionale in Rome Composed of 20,000 artworks, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations, this collection represents the major artistic movements from the last two centuries. Take a look at their Masterpieces exhibit featuring works by Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne and more or learn about Van Gogh with The Gardener online exhibit.
  • Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC The world’s largest museum and research complex has plenty of online exhibitions, both current and archived, like Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon and Superheroes.
  • Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe Known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes, you can view 30 of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings from the Santa Fe museum.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – Experience everything from paintings from the Baroque period to fashion exhibits like Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between at The Met’s online exhibits page.
  • American Museum of Natural History in New York City – The iconic science and history museum in NYC has online exhibits including Windows on Nature about the habitats of animals as well as highlights of the museum such as Ahnighito, the largest meteorite on display in any museum and their Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago’s art museum has works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods as well as hosts special exhibitions. Check out works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Monet on their online permanent collection.
  • Tate Britain in London – The London museum houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times. Explore exhibits like Meet 500 Years of British Art and more.
  • The High Museum of Art in Atlanta This art museum offers an online look into exhibitions like Photos from the Civil Rights Movement, which includes more than 300 photographs that document the social protest movement and How Iris van Herpen Transformed Fashion, which includes innovative wearable fashion.
  • Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico CityThe museum located in La Casa Azul, where Kahlo lived, hosts her personal effects, artworks as well as attire. Check out her iconic paintings, photos, and even her flower crowns.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit The DIA offers up online exhibitions like Diego River’s Detroit Industry as well as works from their collection from the Cubism, Realism, and Impressionism periods.
  • Louvre Museum in Paris The Paris staple offers a variety of virtual tours of current exhibitions with works from Rembrandt and Delacroix as well as tours of collections like their Egyptian Antiquities.
  • Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Some of the Netherlands museum’s world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age can be found at this museum including, the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch.
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Zahira Gutierrez is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston fascinated by fashion. When she isn't recording or touring the country with her band, Wild Moccasins, she can be found sewing her own costumes and covering lifestyle events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.