Armchair travel: 4 art galleries and museums to enjoy from your bedroom

Museums and art galleries were understandably some of the first spaces to close to the public when Rona hit. But if you’re an avid admirer of the arts desperate for a fix of culture, fear not. Many of the world’s top institutions have flung their virtual doors wide open.

Online tours provide a way to still access some choice collections without setting foot out of your bedroom. And there’s absolutely zero queuing and not a crowd in sight. Bonus! Here are our top picks.

MoMA, New York

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The Museum of Modern Art in New York is one of the most famous in the world. And housing a collection of more than 200,000 pieces in a range of mediums including “painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, architecture, design, film, and media and performance art”, it’s easy to see why.

All the big hitters are here, from Cezanne to Gaugin, Monet to Dali. And of course there’s a large focus on the modern greats from the U.S. itself, with Warhol, Pollock, Litchenstein and more to peruse. Also, don’t miss the current retrospective of radical Dadaist Sophie Taeuber’s work.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City

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Part art gallery and part museum, the unique Museo Frida Kahlo provides a fascinating insight into one of Mexico’s best loved creative minds. But more than that, it digs deep into her life, the troubles she faced and the resolve she showed to overcome them.

Based in her former home, nicknamed The Blue House, it’s a captivating journey through her most intimate moments. You’ll see the numerous prosthetics and contraptions Kahlo needed to keep her functioning day to day, a collection of her fantastic traditional clothing, plus some of her most captivating works of art.

The British Museum, London

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Ok, so labelled the “world’s largest receivers of stolen property”, the ethical questions over how much of the British Museum’s contents were obtained are undoubtedly problematic. But less questionable is the astonishing depth and breadth of the collection. Put simply, it’s mind blowing. And even more incredible is the fact that the lion’s share is actually tucked away in a vault somewhere.

In their own words, it covers “two million years of human history and culture.” from Ancient Egypt to Easter Island, Samurais to Anglo-Saxons, you’ll discover a literal treasure trove of artefacts to view on the online version of the museum.


Whether you’re a space swot or wouldn’t know Uranus from your elbow, it’s impossible not to be fascinated by what lies beyond the earth’s atmosphere. NASA’s world famous space stations have long had an educational slant offering tours and experiences across their numerous sites.

But you can also go on various expeditions without ever leaving your home. Download the Google Explore app, search NASA and you’ll have a range of awesome tours, from their research centres to missions to Jupiter and Mars.

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