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18 US and UK Museums You Can Visit Online in 2021

Take virtual tours of some of the best galleries the US and UK have to offer to celebrate International Museum Day

Museums are slowly reopening their doors, and art lovers are all extremely thankful for it. However, it may still be difficult to book a visiting slot, and while we patiently wait for things to truly go back to normal, we may still want to access collections from the comfort of our homes.

When the first lockdown happened a year ago, museum experts, historians, curators, and photographers around the world took it upon themselves to ensure we could go online and visit art and history collections while we were confined to our four walls.

International Museum Day seems like a great opportunity to invite you for a virtual tour of our selection of British and American museums.

Enjoy, anytime, anywhere!


Science Museum, London

This world-class museum has a collection of 325,000 objects and archives and ever-expanding digital resources. You can find all the stories behind the most fascinating, historically significant. and awe-inspiring objects that have shaped the world as we know it.

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Science Museum London. Apollo 10.


Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A’s online collection gives you access to 5000 years of human creativity, from ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses. You can explore a staggering 1.2 million objects under a remarkable set of categories. Some of the latest collections added to the list are glass, print, architecture, and costume.

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Victoria and Albert Museum. Entrance Hall.

Museum of London

This museum covers the history of one of the world’s most important capitals, from prehistoric times to the present day. Spanning over 10,000 years, there are seven million objects to discover, and a huge range of materials you can research, filtered by people, events, and organizations.

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Museum of London. Lord Mayor’s Coach.

Ashmolean Museum Oxford

You can browse and search over 200,000 objects in the online collection of this Oxford museum. Explore paintings, ceramics, and sculptures from its extensive collection of antiquities, Eastern and Western art, through to the present day. You can narrow your searches by material, geography, period, and department.

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Ashmolean Museum and Taylorian Institute


National Portrait Gallery, London

With the gallery closed until 2023 for refurbishments, we have no choice but to immerse ourselves online to admire what this gem of a museum has to offer. Explore portraiture through the ages, from the early kings of England and the Tudors, through to Queen Victoria, and the current Royal Family, to contemporary portraits. Experience 360-degree gallery views of all collections.

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National Portrait Gallery, London.


Natural History Museum, London

You can experience this museum from home with virtual, self-guided tours of the galleries. You can have interactive experiences, such as Fantastic Beasts, or Hope the Blue Whale, with narrations by Sir David Attenborough. You can also go on a virtual tour of the Museum, with access to 300,000 specimens,14 digital exhibitions, and an interactive photo so big you can zoom in to the tiniest detail.

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Natural History Museum. Blue Whale.


National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

This museum's database contains 12 million objects and specimens and new records are added regularly. You can explore and discover amazing objects through stories, films, games, and resources. The collections are sorted by art and design, the natural world, science and technology, Scottish history and archaeology, world cultures, and more.

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National Museums Scotland. Dolly the sheep.


The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley, England

'A museum that brings to life the history and ongoing development of computing for inspiration, education, learning, and enjoyment.' Located at Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, you can access 3D and virtual curated tours and explore the world's largest collection of working historic computers.

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National Museum of Computing. Statue of Alan Turing.


The Wallace Collection, London

This gallery houses some of the finest decorative arts ensembles in the world. This outstanding collection includes oil paintings by artists such as Titian, Velazquez, Rubens, and Van Dyck; princely arms and armor; and medieval and Renaissance objects.

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The Wallace Collection. Dorset armor.


National Gallery of Art, Washington

You can browse collections specially selected by the museum's curators, learn about new acquisitions of American and European art, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts.

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National Gallery of Art. Wapping by Thames. J. Whistler.


Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Explore the Getty Museum’s collection of European and Asian art, including paintings, drawings, manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photography. You will also discover interesting audio and video resources.

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Getty Center, Los Angeles.


National Women's History Museum, Virginia

Explore the collection of this museum with virtual exhibits about trailblazing women, past and present, with titles such as 'Standing up for change,' 'The Women of NASA,' 'Pathways to Equality,' and more. Currently only online, the museum plans to open soon in Washington, DC.

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National Women's History Museum. Identity by Pentagram.


The Met Museum, New York

The Met 360 project is an award-winning series of six short videos that invite viewers worldwide to immerse virtually for a unique visit to The Met's art and architecture, using spherical 360° technology. See one of the videos below.


Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

A unique opportunity to explore the collections of this incredible artist. Browse through her art, artist materials, archives, books, homes, and artist's possessions.

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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe


MoMA, New York

MoMA offers virtual views on select evenings, as well as making their archive available anytime. Explore their exhibitions, enjoy live conversations with curators and artists, video stories, books, music, and more.

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MoMA. Entrance on 53th St, New York.

The Broad, Los Angeles

The Broad has a collection of contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. Make the most of this diverse collection of influential art that enriches, provokes, and inspires.

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The Broad Museum, Los Angeles.


Guggenheim Museum, New York

Learn everything there is to know about the 1700 pieces by 635 artists on display at the Guggenheim Museum. Discover its contemporary art, Asian art, and international art collections.

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Guggenheim Museum, New York.


NASA, Washington

Make the most of this incredible opportunity to access exhibits and resources reflecting NASA's vision for discovery and ‘for expanding knowledge for the benefit of humanity’.

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Space shuttle Enterprise, NASA.
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