The Best Online Art Galleries And Museums To Explore During Lockdown

“Art is the highest form of hope” – Gerhard Richter

If you receive your vitality and strength from regularly indulging in art, theatre, dance, and music, being confined to your house during the Coronavirus pandemic is no reason to forgo culture.

Many museums, galleries, and theatres are offering free online tours and performances to help people escape the confines of their homes over the coming months.

Check out some of our favourite offerings below:

National Theatre Live Pre-Recorded Performances

Are you missing the West End?  Then why not spoil yourself with a free recorded performance from the National Theatre?  Performances include:

  • Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein on 30 April and 1 May
  • Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo on 7 May
  • Jane Eyre with Madeleine Worrall as Jane Eyre
  • Treasure Island – starring Arthur Darvill as Long John Silver.
  • Twelfth Night – with Tamsin Greig as Malvolia

If you miss the Thursday night streaming, the performances are available online for one week.

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One-take journey through the St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum

Travelling to glorious St Petersburg may be impossible at the moment; however, visiting the iconic Hermitage Museum and its three million items are accessible via YouTube.  Take in Rembrandt’s Danae, the sarcophagus of Alexander Nevsky, and legendary works by Raphael, Titian, El Greco, and Caravaggio shot on an iPhone 11 Pro (it is actually a promo for the phone, but nevertheless).  The tour takes over five hours, making it the perfect way to spend a Sunday (or any) afternoon.

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The British Museum

It is impossible not to be dazzled by the British Museum.  Housing art, artefacts, and exhibitions from all over the world, it boasts a collection of over eight million works.

Whilst it is closed during the lockdown, you can take a virtual tour with Google Street View, explore virtual galleries, listen to podcasts, and immerse yourself in an audio tour.

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The Royal Opera House

There is no need to go without opera and dance performances during the lockdown.  The Royal Opera House is streaming a series of productions which can be viewed from any sofa in the world.

The program for April includes:

  • The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020
  • Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – 24 April 2020
  • The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – 1 May 2020

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The Vatican Museums

The Roman Catholic Church has been amassing treasures for over 2,000 years and most of them are held at the imposing Vatican Museums.  From Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment fresco to numerous works by master’s such as Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Leonardo Da Vinci, the Vatican Museums are an art and history lovers’ dream.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and many others.

The Van Gough Museum

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon than surrounded by the works of Vincent Van Gough and his contemporaries?  Well, now you don’t have to make a trip to Amsterdam to enjoy the masterpieces of one of arts most tragic figures.  It is all available through Google Arts and Culture.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra

Having been forced to cancel all its famous Southbank concerts, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has provided a host of beautiful classical music events on its website for everyone to enjoy from their sitting room or whilst working from home.

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Bolshoi Theatre

Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theatre has begun streaming some of its most notable past performances online after being forced to shut its doors to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Denis Rodkin, a principal dancer, told Reuters

“Art, and the Bolshoi Theatre’s broadcasts, in particular, support people in these difficult conditions.” They will be inspired, recharged with art, and all this will end.”

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