New York Museums Offering Virtual Tours

New York is home to museums that house some of the world’s most amazing historical artifacts and most detailed exhibits. Several halls and floors that contain these great collections are filled with incredible pieces that many have on their bucket list to see. 

With museums closed for the time being, what is there to do about it? Well, thanks to the Google Art Project, several locations are offering virtual tours that give us the ability to explore these attractions from the comfort of our own couch.

At The Kensington, we are observing CDC guidelines of social distancing to keep our residents, staff, and their loved one’s safe. Our regular events and outings have been canceled for the time being, but we continue to strive at bringing fun and joy to each day. Here is a list of three virtual experiences that others can enjoy as much as we do:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the “Met” as some call it, contains collections of various art pieces and other intricate artifacts. Three locations spread this collection throughout NYC at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer. The art contained in this museum spans from all over the world and 5,000 years of history.

View Baroque and Renaissance-era paintings, intricate sculptures and pottery, and even take a glance at the evolution of styles from Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. The entire online collection contains a total of 200,770 items for virtual display. 

Their online experience can be found here: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Another New York treasure, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, is another prestigious art collection featuring the styles of contemporary, installation, postmodern, and conceptual. 

Beyond its walls, the Guggenheim Foundation works to spread the appreciation of art through its initiatives in education, exhibitions, and research work. It has been around since 1937, and has broadened its influence through numerous global networks in its efforts to bring interest to design and creativity. 208 works are on virtual display for anyone to view.

Their online experience can be found here: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of New York’s largest collections of historic artifacts and natural specimens, with 45 exhibition halls. An active establishment for learning, it contains five research centers with a team of 200 scientists.

The Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space bring wonder and curiosity to those interested in the galaxy and what lies beyond our solar system. The collection totals at close to 33 million specimens, and luckily, their virtual tour contains a good number of their best exhibits.

Experience the skeletons of dinosaurs, towering Moai statues, and diaramas of the various habitats showing the species of today’s natural world of flora and fauna. 

Their online experience can be found here: The American Museum of Natural History

As we observe the CDC recommendations for social distancing, it is bringing some of us closer to our homes and families, and we look for ways to make the most out of each day. While museums and other fun attractions remain closed, it does not mean we cannot still find a way to enjoy them.


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