Dare to dream: See the best of European art from your couch

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With lockdown in full force in most countries, getting your artistic rocks off is pretty limited to Netflix documentaries, doodling in your sketchbook or perusing the finest world’s collections from your living room.

Thankfully, most of the world’s museums and galleries have taken to the lockdown with flair, digitising their collections for your own enjoyment in your undies.

Le musée du Louvre, Paris

Louvre Paris credit Holidu 3

We begin our online travels in the City of Light! Even if Paris has lost its status as the most visited city in the world in recent years, its museums remain immensely popular. The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art and antiques museum, holding world famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa or the Victory of Samothrace, and is actually the most popular museum in Europe on Instagram, exceeding 4 million posts! louvre.fr

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Hermitage St Petersburg credit Holidu 2

Next up, we fly east over Europe and land in St. Petersburg, the imperial capital of Russia for nearly two centuries, which is also home to the largest museum in the world in terms of exhibits. The State Hermitage collection comprises more than three million works of art and artefacts of world culture, all of which can be viewed virtually on their extensive online platform. hermitagemuseum.org

British Museum, London

British Museum London credit Holidu 2

London is a cultural hub just waiting to be explored, and what better way to dive into history than by using the resources on offer at the British Museum. Older than the United States itself, this museum contains one of the most important collections in the world, illustrating the evolution of Man from his beginnings to present day. Scroll through the ages as you explore art, history, religion, conflict and more. britishmuseum.withgoogle.com

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam credit Holidu 2

Hop on a ferry and we are off to the Netherlands, more particularly to Amsterdam where the Rijksmuseum is located. If you are finding the name difficult to pronounce, it simply means “Amsterdam State Museum”. It is the most important museum in the country, both in terms of the number of visitors and the number of works on display. It is dedicated to the fine arts, crafts and history of the country. google.com/partner/rijksmuseum

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Musee Dorsay

Our second trip to the French capital brings us to the Musée d’Orsay, a museum which holds the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world. The online collection allows you to feast your eyes upon a variety of works from oil paintings and canvas works, to themes surrounding impressionism and French history. Here’s a link to the website

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Musei Vaticani 4 credit Holidu

No art lovers’ trip around Europe is complete without a visit to ‘Musei Vaticani’. The Vatican Museums, located in The Vatican City, a city-state located in the heart of the Italian capital of Rome, hosts a grand collection of public art and sculpture which was gathered by the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries. museivaticani.va

Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Muse?e dart moderne de la Ville de Paris credit Jean Pierre Dalbera via Flickr 2

It’s hardly surprising that Paris offers us three wonderful museums to explore! Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, or MAM Paris for short, holds a collection of 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art. Browse the online archives to view the works of the most prominent of artists, such as Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and many others. mam.paris.fr

Tate Britain, London

Tate Britain credit Francisco Anzola via Flickr

If British art is your kind of thing, then Tate Britain is the ideal art museum for you, and you’re in luck! The online portal offers virtual tours around the rooms showing a chronological display of Britain’s greatest artists of all time. Easily click your way through the collection in order of decade, allowing you to see a clear overview of British art from 1545 to the present day. tate.org.uk

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Back to the land of the Dutchies, we visit the art museum that is named after one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art – Vincent van Gogh. Dedicated to the works of van Gogh, this museum has an amazing online section allowing you to access resources including the life and works of van Gogh and a wide variety of child-friendly resources to keep the younger ones entertained and educated! vangoghmuseum.nl

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Museum Reina Sofia Madrid credit Shadowgate via Flickr

Finally, we end our cultural European tour in Madrid, the beautiful capital of Spain. The Museo Reina Sofía is Spain’s national museum of 20th century modern art, named after and dedicated to Queen Sofía. The online website offers a wide array of online content, including a multimedia section with hundreds of videos and audio pieces which give you visual and audio tours of the exhibitions from within the museum. museoreinasofia.es

This list was courtesy of Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals.