Are you missing your culture fix? Missing the quiet serenity of strolling around a museum or staring at a beautiful painting? Or simply looking to pass your time with something other than Netflix? Fret no more, we’ve got you covered.
You can still digest your favourite artists and gawk at prehistoric mammals, just virtually. We’ve curated a list of the best virtual art tours London has to offer, without even having to budge from your sofa. Take a look at our recommendations below!
The Natural History Museum: Life Written on Wings
Image: Google Arts & Culture
Through a savvy partnership with Google Arts & Culture, you’re still able to take full advantage of the world-class Natural History Museum. Whether you want to learn about natural history trailblazers or encounter prehistoric reptiles, there’s something for everyone. Our top pick is Butterflies and Moths: Life Written on Wings – with an in-house collection of over 10 million winged insects, this exhibition will leave you armed with a string of intriguing facts.
Tate Modern: Andy Warhol
Image: Artist Development
Comprising of the first Warhol works to have graced the Tate in almost 20 years, this exhibition is not one to miss – quarantine or not. Featuring a range of subjects from iconic Marilyn Monroe imagery to portraits of Latinx drag queens, the exhibition explores the artists’ life and career in 12 exquisitely themed rooms. Join curators Fiontán Moran and Gregor Muir as they stroll through.
The British Museum
Image: Experiments with Google
Ever wanted to scroll through time and space at the touch of a button? The British Museum has teamed up with Google Cultural Institute to allow you to do just that. Crash-land into a virtual time warp spanning from 2,000,000 BC to 2000 AD – traversing Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania by clicking right here. Exploring themes of Art and Design, Living and Dying, Power and Identity and much more – this is a sight well worth seeing.
Soho Art Gallery 360
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This virtual exhibition is so close to the real deal it’s actually a bit freaky. Zoom into every detail of intricate artwork from across the globe to uncover a complex tale of human relationships with the animal kingdom. The icing on the cake here is the meditation music and nature recordings accompanying the tour. You’ll come out feeling 1,000 times more zen than when you went in. And isn’t that what we all need right now?
The Royal Academy: Sensing Spaces
In yet another astonishing feat of modern technology, Sensing Spaces has 6 galleries you can scroll through in 360 degree function. Described by The Guardian, as “the most ambitious architectural exhibition by The Royal Academy for decades,” it does not disappoint. Make sure to check out the epic honeycomb structure by Diébédo Francis Kéré, consisting of thousands of multicoloured straws. We’re not sure if it’s a hallucinogenic disaster or the childhood den of our dreams. Why not find out for yourself?
Which gallery will you be checking out? Let us know in the comments below!
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