Sometimes, the most intriguing museum exhibitions are not available to the public in person. If you’re interested in learning more about an exhibition that happened years ago or one that isn’t even on display yet, don’t worry there are plenty of virtual exhibition available to help you learn about it no matter where you live. You can use this guide to find and enjoy your next virtual museum exhibition from the comfort of your home and learn more about something you’re interested in whether it’s dinosaurs, architecture, or something else entirely.
Where Can I Get These Exhibits?
Many museums are now putting their exhibitions online for people to enjoy from home. You can often find these by searching for the museum’s website and looking for a link to the exhibitions. Some popular online museum exhibitions include The British Museum, The Smithsonian, and The Louvre. Once you’ve found an exhibition you’d like to view, simply click on the link and you’ll be taken to the page where you can view it. Some exhibitions are viewable as a PDF, while others require special software or a VR headset. When viewing an online exhibition, pay attention to the curator’s notes as they will help you understand the context of what you’re seeing.
What Equipment Do I Need?
To enjoy a virtual museum exhibition from the comfort of your home, you will need a computer or laptop with internet access, as well as headphones if you would like to hear any audio that is part of the exhibition. Additionally, it is helpful to have a notepad and pen handy so that you can take notes as you explore. Finally, make sure you are in a comfortable spot where you can sit or stand for an extended period. If you would like to get up and walk around, go ahead. A great thing about viewing art online is that all museums offer both guided tours of their exhibitions as well as text-based information about each piece on display.
What Will it Cost Me?
A lot of people are hesitant to visit virtual museum exhibitions because they think it will be expensive. However, most virtual museum exhibitions are free or have a suggested donation. That means you can enjoy all the same artwork and artifacts from the comfort of your home without spending a lot of money. The best part is that there’s no travel time required. You just need to set aside some time on your calendar to explore at your own pace.