Explore London’s art exhibitions and museums online during the lockdown
Enjoy virtual tours of the city’s museums and galleries as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps us home.
The continuing lockdown means our museums and galleries are still closed for the foreseeable future. If you’re missing your culture fix while stuck at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, why not enjoy some of London’s top exhibitions and galleries online?
Here’s where to find 10 virtual tours of London’s museum and galleries:
- Andy Warhol @ Tate Modern
The Bankside museum closed its doors just days after its Warhol exhibition launched. However, the Tate swiftly put an online tour for art fans to enjoy, with commentary by curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran.
– To see the Warhol exhibition tour, visit the Tate’s YouTube channel.
- Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Trust @ Sir John Soane Museum
The current exhibition at the Sir John Soane Museum has been put online for (virtual) visitors to enjoy. Contemporary artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell’s pieces have been showcased alongside the contrasting antiquities of the museum.
– To see the online exhibition, visit the Sir John Soane Museum website.
- Harry Potter: A History of Magic @ British Library
The British Library’s 2017-2018 exhibition on Harry Potter was hugely popular and displayed the original drafts and drawings of JK Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay. Although the exhibition is long over and the BL’s doors are currently closed, you can enjoy the collection online.
– To see the online exhibition, visit Google Arts & Culture.
- Picasso & Paper @ Royal Academy of Arts
The RA’s exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s works on paper opened in January and was due to run until April. Although real-life visits are on hold, you can enjoy a virtual exhibition tour on the RA’s website instead.
– Watch the video on the Royal Academy of Arts website.
- Science Museum
There’s many ways for you to explore the Science Museum virtually, including a Google Streetview tour, curator gallery guides, collections and stories.
– For a virtual exploration of the Science Museum, visit the website.
- Victoria & Albert Museum
In real-life, it would probably take days to inspect the entire collection at the V&A. However, you can check out some of the sights from the extensive collection in your own time, including costumes, jewellery, shoes, wallpaper, sculpture and many more.
– Check out the collection at the V&A museum’s website.
- Dulwich Picture Gallery
The oldest public art gallery in England is renowned for its collection of Old Masters, including Dutch, Italian and French. Plenty of their permanent collection can be seen on their website.
– View the gallery’s collection on the Dulwich Picture Gallery website.
- London Transport Museum
Check out some of the LTM’s collections online, including posters, artwork, photographs, sound recordings and vehicles.
– View the LTM’s collection online at the official website.
- British Museum
The British Museum have put a wide range of their collections and exhibitions online so there’s plenty to keep you occupied for hours. You can peruse the exhibitions or take a virtual tour of the museum’s interior or courtyard.
– To take a virtual tour of the British Museum, visit Google Arts & Culture.
- National Portrait Gallery
A host of the NPG’s extensive collection of portraits – from Tudor to Regency to Edwardian to Contemporary – are available to view online, room-by-room.
– See the collection on the NPG website.
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