Keeping the kids inside all day every day during social isolation is a hard task for any parent. No child likes to be confined to the four walls of their house and most small children won’t really understand why they have to stay inside. So for the parents out there, we need to be a little bit inventive and come up with new ways to bring the fun of outside activities inside.
If your child has an iPad or you have a computer at home, your isolation time is about to become a lot more interesting! Google has an Arts & Culture app available for Apple and Android users that allows people from anywhere in the world to take virtual tours of international history and arts museums. It’s a super fun experience for your kids, but also for mum and dad! Here are our top virtual tour suggestions.
1. The Natural History Museum of London
Take a trip abroad to visit one of the best museums in the world based in London, UK! The Natural History Museum has a leading scientific research centre and is home to specimens and exhibits from across the globe. Their new interactive experience lets you take a deep dive into the museums 80 MILLION specimens and unique galleries. See enormous prehistoric marine reptile skeletons, fossilised creatures and rare items from every corner of the world.
2. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul
Possibly one of the coolest museums in the world, the MMCA is located in the heart of the city of Seoul. It is six floors of pure magic, curated by world-renowned artists. From futuristic exhibitions to colourful abstract pieces, this museum has it all. Immerse your kids in a world of creativity and inspire their little minds to get their creative juices flowing.
3. The Pergamon Museum in Berlin
Filled with ancient ruins of monumental buildings from around the world, the Pergamon is one of the largest museums known to man. It is essentially an archaeological museum located in Berlin’s cultural hub, Museum Island. Witness some of the most intricate structures created by manual labour in Iran, Asia Minor, Egypt and the Caucuses; the list goes on!
4. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum is decorated with over 1 million objects. That’s right, 1 million. In the virtual tour, you can view 8,000 historical objects from the years 1200 to 2000 and revel in the stunning architecture of this breathtaking establishment. There is a mix of art and items of historical significance throughout the museum making it a great one for your kids to experience.
5. Museum of Art Sao Paulo in Brazil
This museum is Brazil’s first modern art museum designed by Linda Bo Bardi. Each piece of art is designed to look like it is floating in mid-air inside of a large industrial-looking studio. The mix of modern architecture with historical art is simply incredible and unlike anything else in the world.
6. A Museum Is A School at The Guggenheim
The Museum Is A School by Louis Camnitzer is located at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, New York. The premise of this museum is that the work inside is contextualised so that the audience can create their own narratives about what they are seeing. This Museum is a good example of how imagination plays an important role in the arts and building a culturally significant influence.
If you’re not much of a museum person, there are plenty of famous landmarks to explore on the app. Visit the Colosseum, The Eiffel Tower, The Parthenon, Big Ben, The Sydney Opera House, The Statue of Liberty; wherever you like! You can travel around the world from the comfort of your couch and show your kids a bit of culture in the process. You can download the Google Arts & Culture App from the Google Play Store or Apple Store or explore their amazing archives online.
Interested in more tours check out our blog Virtual Tours to find out more.