Studio Break | Take a Virtual Art Tour

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir can be viewed in a virtual art tour of the Musée d'Orsay

You may have already seen the video tour Xanadu Gallery posted in March, but we’re not the only art venue that has found new, interactive ways to go digital. Galleries and art museums around the world have been working to bring their collections online. Here are a few interesting virtual art tours for those of you who miss visiting galleries and museums (or who just need a little inspirational boost).


New York’s Museum of Modern Art is posting “Virtual Views” every Thursday. In these weekly online exhibitions, you can take a self-guided tour of some of the museum’s installations. View photographs, videos, interviews with museum curators, and more. Like an in-person museum experience, you have the option to stay and linger as long as you like.

Musée d’Orsay

The Cardplayers by Cézanne can be viewed in a virtual art tour of the Musée d'Orsay
The Cardplayers by Cézanne, from the collection at the Musée d’Orsay

Google Arts and Culture is a great resource for a variety of virtual art tours and experiences. On the page for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, you can view images of individual works in the museum’s collection or “explore” the museum using a feature similar to Google Street View. It might not be quite the same as walking through the museum, but it’ll give you a taste and help you decide if you need to take a trip to Paris when everything opens up again.

Hauser & Wirth Menorca

For a bit more of a unique experience, try visiting Hauser & Wirth Menorca’s Virtual Reality Exhibition. This new Menorca arts center is using high-quality VR technology to transport online visitors into their new space. If you’re viewing it on your desktop, the experience will be similar to Street View. But if you use mobile (or if you happen to have a VR headset), you can change your view by changing the position of your screen, as if the exhibition were actually in front of you. 

How Are You Experiencing Art During the Pandemic?

Have you found any virtual art tours you would recommend? What museums and galleries are on your list to visit when this is all over?

Featured Image: Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, from the collection at the Musée d’Orsay

About the Author: Mara Blackwood

Mara Blackwood is the executive editor of RedDotBlog