Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Are you like may others confined to staying at home or practicing social isolation? Be inspired by these amazing sights and experiences from the comfort of your living room...
1) The Vatican, Rome
The spectacular architecture and historic monuments of the Vatican are now within your reach, with a host of the Vatican's museums providing online tours via their website. Most exciting? Take a step into the Sistine Chapel and gaze at Michelangelo's legendary frescos. This tour is also compatible with WebVR, so you can use it with a VR headset to get a closer look at the stunning imagery... Even through your web browser the result is breathtaking.
Discover it here: The Vatican Digital Tour
2) The Royal Academy, London
Sensing Spaces was described by The Guardian as “the most ambitious architectural exhibition by the Royal Academy for decades, occupying its ample main galleries with installations the size of houses.” This virtual tour at the Royal Academy allows users to explore its aforementioned Sensing Spaces exhibition. There are 6 separate galleries within the virtual tour, and high quality 360° photography gives prospective visitors a real taste of the exhibition which was conceived to allow visitors to "draw their own conclusions," so they can determine for themselves what each space means to them, and how they use it.
Discover it here: The Royal Academy Virtual Tour
3) Machu Picchu, Peru
You no longer need to buy a plane ticket to Peru to see the legendary Machu Picchu in all its glory. The virtual tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site is immersive, and filled with fascinating insights from a helpful narrator who accompanies you on your digital tour. Enjoy 360° views of the ancient Inca ruins surrounded by luscious Peruvian landscapes.
Discover it here: Machu Picchu Virtual Tour
4) The Louvre
A museum needing no introduction, the home of the Mona Lisa is an attraction beloved and visited by millions of tourists each year. The museum has crafted a selection of virtual tours based on its distinguished permanent collections. From the Egyptian antiquities to the Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and even the decorative arts of the Galerie d’Apollon the selection of digital offerings is vast. The tour itself is easy to navigate, with map views and detailed descriptions.
Discover it here: The Louvre Virtual Tour
5) Musée d’Orsay, Paris
The historic Musée d’Orsay was installed in the former Orsay railway station, and originally built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, currently it displays collections of stunning Belle Époque art from the period of 1848 to 1914. In this virtual tour take a promenade through the museum's opulent hallways where you can see works from some of the most distinguished French artists, including Monet, Gauguin and Van Gogh. The museum's long queues are infamous in Paris so now you can soak up the sights without the hour long wait.
Take the tour: Musée d'Orsay
6) Athens Acropolis, Athens
One to kick-off your bucket list; bring the wonders of Ancient Greece to the comfort of your sofa. A dream destination for classical history lovers, the Athens Acropolis is the home of the world-famous Parthenon, and has been admired by tourists for centuries. With the tour you can enjoy 360° videos that provide a fascinating insight into ancient Greece.
Discover it here: Athens Acropolis Virtual Tour