Today, 18th May, is celebrated as the International Museum Day. Whether due to our daily routine or personal issues, we cannot enjoy visiting these places as frequently as we would like to. However, it is possible now to explore them without leaving home thanks to technology and the Internet. More and more museums are showing their works to the world thanks to digitised art and virtual tours.
Digitalization allows us to observe artworks in greater detail than in person or even to discover how restored works would look like. Virtual tours allow us to walk museum corridors, rooms and surroundings as if we were there.
What is Google Art?
Google Art is a virtual gallery which enables discovering 30,000 artworks housed in 150 museums from 40 countries. Images are captured with the so-called Art Camera, which creates gigapixel images or, in other words, images made of over 1 billion pixels.
Digitised Art: Exploring museums from home
Here you can find those museums with the most important digital collections.
1. The British Museum, London. It is one of the most important and visited museums in the world. There are over 3.5 million digitised works, as well as several images of each work and information texts.
2. The Louvre Museum, Paris. In addition to its digitised works, we can also take a virtual tour and walk through its galleries, as well as obtain information on artworks by clicking on them. As the British Museum, the Louvre is also one of the most important museums in the world.
3. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. We virtually cross the ocean to visit the MoMA in New York City. It was one of the first museums in starting digitalizing their works. However, most of them are temporary.
4. The National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. It is highly recommended for those who are into Mexican archeology and ethnography collections.
5. The Prado Museum, Madrid. And to conclude, we will take a look at one of the most important museums in Spain. We cannot only look at artworks or watch related videos, but also download digital copies.
This is just a small sample of museums sharing their digital collections. Is there any museum that you would like to recommend us?