Appreciate Art From Home

Appreciate Art From Home

One of the greatest pleasures in life is being able to enjoy beautiful art. Whether paintings, opera or ballet, art offers comfort and meaning to many of us. Luckily, it is possible to visit many of the best cultural centers around the world, all from the comfort of your own home. 

Oleanders, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

For the art lovers:

Google Arts & Culture (so much to explore; a few interesting collections listed below):

Google Arts & Culture has cultivated some of the best cultural content and brought it right to your home. With interesting new stories daily, you can learn about anything from historical French monuments, to the tasty culture surrounding Bento boxes, to taking a 360º look at Coco Chanel’s famous little black dress.

The British Museum (YouTube channel) 

The British Museum YouTube channel collides art and history for entertaining and enriching stories. Curators share their insight and knowledge about everything from conserving a Japanese hanging scroll painting to the world’s first prank. You can also check out their amazing collection online.

Tokyo National Museum

Discover incredible pieces of Japanese history from Tokyo National Museum’s online collection.

Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain) 

Museo del Prado’s visual archive contains articles about historical content currently displayed in the museum. Offered in both Spanish and English. 

Louvre (video archive)

The Louvre offers informative videos on their vast and historical collection.

The Met (New York, USA)

Browse one of the world’s most diverse and vast collection. You can browse over 400,000 open access works, or learn more about individual pieces with Spotlight on Art articles. The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art pairs essays with works of art on a chronological scale to allow you to explore both art and history simultaneously. 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (audio archive)

Do you love modern art? MoMA provides audio information paired with famous works from the 1880s all the way to the present. 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA)

While you may not be able to experience the Guggenheim’s distinct shell-like architecture for yourself, the Guggenheim website offers a vast online collection with informative and interesting articles included.

The Dali Museums (available in 5 languages; virtual tours and much more)

Do you crave walking through a museum? Do you love the unique and wonderful work of the father of surrealism? The Dalí Museum offers virtual tours, with select art pieces labeled with more information. With seamless graphics, it feels almost as if you have an entire museum to yourself.

Vatican Museums (available in 5 languages)

Take a trip to Italy and never leave your home. Much of the Vatican’s extensive and diverse collection is available on their website. 

Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi (Italian and English; digital archives)

Explore some of the most iconic Italian art via Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi’s online collection.

For Ballet and Opera Finatics 

Dancers Practicing at the Barre, Edgar Degas, 1877

Royal Opera House – The world famous Royal Opera House in London, England, will be live streaming opera and ballet performances all summer for world-class at-home entertainment.

The Metropolitan Opera – The Metropolitan Opera’s YouTube channel is the perfect place to get your online fix of NYC Opera.

Vienna State Opera – With daily live streams from its opera archives, the Vienna State Opera ensures that your opera craving will always be satisfied.

If can’t get enough of classical music 

Still life – Violin and Music, William Michael Harnett, 1888

Toronto Symphony Orchestra – The TSO offers many classic pieces available on YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud.

New York Philharmonic – New York Philharmonic plays on with video and radio broadcasts of their beautiful classics.

Sylvie Bowden
Written in collaboration with Myroslava Balakhtar and Bianca McLean