Even though you may have had to cancel your travel plans, reorganize your daily routine and stay at home, this doesn’t mean you can no longer stay curious and explore undiscovered places. Holidu, the search engine for holiday homes, has compiled a list of the ten most popular museums and art galleries in Europe, all of which can be visited from the comfort of your home. No lines, no crowds, no opening hours: all yours when it suits you! Ready for the ultimate cultural weekend?
Le Musée du Louvre, Paris
We start our online journey in the city of love! Even though Paris has lost its status as the most-visited city in the world in recent years, the museums remain immensely popular. The Louvre is the largest art and antiques museum in the world, with world-famous pieces like the Mona Lisa and the Victory of Samothrace, and is actually the most popular museum in Europe on Instagram, with over 4 million posts!
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
Then we “fly” across Europe to the east and land in St. Petersburg. For almost two centuries, this was the imperial capital of Russia, and home to the largest museum in the world in terms of exhibits. The State Hermitage’s collection includes more than three million works of art and cultural artifacts from around the world, all of which can be viewed on its extensive online platform.
British Museum, London
London is a cultural center waiting to be explored online, and what better way to delve into history than to use the resources offered by the British Museum! Older than the United States itself, this museum contains one of the most important collections in the world and illustrates human evolution from the beginning to the present. Scroll through the ages and discover art, history, religion, conflict and more.
Get on the virtual ferry and leave for Amsterdam, where we visit the Rijksmuseum. Even if you’ve been there in real life, now is the time to take a look online. It’s one of the most important museums in the country, both in terms of the number of visitors and the number of works exhibited. It is dedicated to the fine arts, craft and history of the Netherlands.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
The second time we travel to the French capital brings us to the Musée d’Orsay, which has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works in the world. The online collection offers you the opportunity to examine a variety of works, from oil paintings and works on canvas, to themes around Impressionism and French history.
Musei Vaticani, Vatican City
No art lovers’ tour of Europe is complete without a visit to Musei Vaticani. Located in Vatican City, a city-state in the heart of the Italian capital of Rome, the Vatican Museums house a large collection of public art and sculpture collected by the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Unsurprisingly, Paris offers us three wonderful museums to discover! The Musée d’Art Moderne, or MAM Paris for short, has a collection of modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Browse the online archives to view the works of the most prominent artists, such as Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and many others.
Tate Britain, London
If British art is your kind of thing, Tate Britain is the ideal art museum for you! The online portal offers virtual tours of the halls with a chronological representation of the greatest British artists of all time. Easily click through the collection chronologically to get a clear overview of British art from 1545 to the present.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Back to our own beautiful country. We will visit the art museum named after one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art – Vincent van Gogh. Dedicated to Van Gogh’s works, this museum has a great online section, giving you access to resources that cover both his life and his works. With a wide variety of child-friendly means to entertain and educate young people!
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Finally, we conclude our cultural European tour in Madrid, the beautiful capital of Spain. The Museo Reina Sofía is the national museum of modern art of Spain, named after and dedicated to Queen Sofía. The website offers a wide range of online content, including a multimedia section with hundreds of videos and audio pieces, which give you visual and audio tours of the exhibitions.