Can’t Travel? No Problem! Check Out These Museums That Offer Online Tours

Mar 28, 2020 | Random Thoughts

Coronavirus definitely put everything on hold, regardless of where you are around the world. Summer plans were likewise cancelled because safety matters.

In the Philippines, the biggest island in the country is placed under quarantine and residents are encouraged to stay home. While the idea of “house arrest” is appealing on the first week, you might be losing ideas on what to do until April 15.

READ: 100 Things You Can Do While Under Enhanced Community Quarantine

Here’s something you can try: virtual tours.

Thankfully, museums both in the Philippines and abroad offer free virtual tour, in high-definition, for everyone to see. This can be a good bonding activity with your family while killing boredom. Plus, how can you say no to an activity that allows you to feast your eyes for free?

Let’s Go Local

  • National Museum Who doesn’t want to see the Spolarium up close? Thankfully, National Museum offers digital tour, which you can access here.
  • Presidential Museum and Library – It offers both history and heritage of Philippine presidents as well as Malacanang Palace. You can access it here.
  • The Mind Museum – Good news, moms and dads. Mind Museum has a virtual exhibit for you and your kids to enjoy. You can check it out here.
  • Pinto Art – One of the most Instagrammed museums in the world, you can navigate through the museum, including its collections here.
  • Museo de Intramuros – The Walled City of Manila plays a crucial role in history. You can check out its virtual tour here.
  • Filipinas Heritage Library – Its online exhibits include Women and War, black and white photos of Old Manila, and the story of Pines Hotel and Baguio. You can check it here.
  • Ateneo Art Gallery – Located inside Ateneo De Manila University Campus, the art gallery is the first museum of Philippine Modern Art. Check out the virtual tour by clicking this link.

Tour Around The World

  • National Gallery, Singapore – The museum is a home to most Southeast Asian modern art. Feast your eyes on tons of art work here.
  • Toyota Kaikan Museum, Nagoya – Good news, car lovers. If you are a fan of Toyota cars, you can have 360-degree panoramic view of what to expect inside their museum. You can access it by clicking this link.
  • National Museum, New Delhi – A premier museum in India, National Museum is a home to 5,000 years of history. Check out their online exhibition here.
  • The British Museum, London – As per their website, the museum contains two million years worth of human history and culture. Check it out here.
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York – If you are into Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary Art, then this is the place to be. Thankfully, you can tour Guggenheim from here.
  • The Louvre, Paris – When it comes to museums to visit, Louvre is definitely on top of the list. Good thing they launched a virtual tour, which you can access here.
  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin – This is one of the largest museums in Germany. Check out the virtual tour here.
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – How much do you know about the Dutch Golden Age? No worries because Rijksmuseum offers #rijksmuseumfromhome by clicking this link.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC – Admit it. You love that Ben Stiller movie. Good thing you can have the similar experience by checking out their virtual tours here.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – Whether or not you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, you will still want to take this virtual tour. You can access it here.
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico – Mayan civilization artifacts are some of the many things you can see from this museum. Don’t worry since you can sign up for a virtual tour here.
  • Vatican Museum – Aside from the ceiling painting of Michaelangelo, you can see almost 20,000 works, including modern religious art. Check it out here.
  • National Women’s History Museum – This museum is dedicated to women’s history and how women helped shape America’s history. You can explore it here.

Sure, seeing the actual collection is great and definitely part of your Travel Bucket List. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy what these museums could offer to help #FlattenTheCurve



  1. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Virtual tours are a thing nowadays and it’s really nice to see things from the comfort of our home.

  2. GiGi Eats

    100% Checking these out!!! YES AND YES!

  3. Celebrate Woman Today

    I absolutely love this post and all the links you’ve provided to us to visit the museums we’d probably never travel to!

  4. Flavia Bernardes

    I love this compilation! I love visiting museums when I travel and that is one of the things I missed the most right now. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Fatima Torres

    How awesome is this! Virtual museums are a great way to travel with the kids without leaving the safety of your home.

  6. Jon Maldia

    Nothing beats going to museums in real life. But, these are good enough while we deal with the pandemic.

  7. Bree

    I love that they have virtual options now. It makes it so convenient! Love this option for museums šŸ™‚

  8. Papa Jack

    Yes you re right. Nowadays, this virtual travel is a must specially lthe growing numbers of cases in my place. Thanks for sharing this one.

  9. Myrah Duque

    Nothing is better than visiting a museum, but hey if we can’t this is also great! This way we know if we want to go see it, when all this is over.

  10. Pedro

    Hi Ayi,
    I think one of the most difficult aspects of the lockdown is the inability to travel. So I really like the idea of online tours of museums.
    I may give the national museum a virtual tour.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Emjhay

    I would love to visit a museum

  12. My kitchen

    I didn’t know online museums existed.
    Today I’ll sleep in a museum.thanks for sharing this.

  13. Razena

    What a wonderful way to see all the places I have yet to visit! I can’t wait to start.

  14. Joanna

    A lot of museums are now providing free access to their virtual collections, which I think it’s pretty cool. I have visited a few in Rome from my computer.

  15. tweenselmom

    I love traveling to museums! Thanks for sharing these with us šŸ™‚

  16. Elizabeth O

    This is new to me. Almost everything is really going online, so fantastic online tours!



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