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Kiely Buttell
April 24, 2020

The Louvre Virtual Tour

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Spend a quiet day expanding your mind online – in Paris. 

Peruse the exhibition rooms and galleries of the world’s largest art museum, all while sipping a cup of tea at home. The galleries of the Louvre house cultural objects dating from prehistory to the 21st century including Egyptian antiquities and the works of Delacroix, Rembrandt, and Tintoretto. If that doesn’t interest you, use the tour to marvel at the museum’s beautifully unique architecture.

This iconic art museum has enthralled and inspired crowds of visitors since 1793 and its virtual tour is no different. Why not make a day of it? Start with croissants for breakfast, then spend some time dotting the house with Parisian-themed decorations. Cook a French dish for lunch before virtually visiting the Louvre. Then, finish a delightfully French day with a themed film and cheese platter, of course.

The virtual tours are organised by exhibition rooms and galleries and are easy to enjoy. Simply click this link: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne and choose an exhibition to discover and click the ‘launch virtual tour’ link. Once the virtual tour opens you will see a full-screen, three-dimensional view of inside the Louvre. Click the magnifying glass to zoom in and out and hover over the question mark icon for detailed information about each work.

The Louvre is not the only cultural institution to offer online access to their collection. Zoos are live-streaming their animal enclosures, art galleries have opened their virtual doors, and orchestras, theatres, and dance companies are sharing their performances online with the world. Here are some links to get you started.

British Museum: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Sistine Chapel: http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.html

Great Wall of China: https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Yellowstone Park: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

Broadway HD: https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Theatre: https://www.digitaltheatre.com/consumer

Photo by Gloria Villa on Unsplash

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