OK, it’s kind of boring right now, being bound by the four walls around us. But we can still explore the world! Thanks to Google Art & Culture and an international cadre of museums, we can explore and get inspired by some of the world’s best artists and creatives in a new way. See Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern or get to know Roald Dahl a bit better – you can even make your own chocolate wrapper ball in homage to one of his pastimes. Check out Babesta’s list of 5 virtual museum tours to enjoy right now!
Tate Modern – The much anticipated Andy Warhol exhibit at the Tate Museum had just gone live when the world closed to COVID. Luckily the curators at the Tate quickly put together this amazing and informative VIP tour of the exhibit, giving greater insight into the king of pop art. (image from Tate Museum, Andy Warhol/Marilyn Monroe) Check it out here.
Guggenheim Bilbao: See Bending Gravity – a cool video featuring “freerunner” Johan Tonnoir exploring the museum (including notably Richard Serra’s installation, The Matter of Time) with urban photographer Trashhand for a beautiful overview of the structure inside and out; walk through more in depth 4 paintings within the museum; watch the building of the iconic building. Thanks to Google’s Arts and Culture you can delve into their collection including artworks like Basquiat’s Man from Naples and Yves Klein’s Large Blue Anthropometrie.Go to the Guggenheim Bilbao
AMNH: Between Google Arts and Culture capturing the key installations in the museum (where you can situate yourself right under the giant whale or next to the imposing TRex skeleton) and the plethora of Facebook live content where curators present the museum, the AMNH is offering a dynamic look at one of New York’s favorite attractions. Articles on the AMNH site too add to the story, like How TRex Lost His Third Claw. It’s a fun exploration with tons to learn about the creatures and world around us.
Neon Museum/Tim Burton Exhibit : How could you not be enamored of the iconic neon lights and signs of Las Vegas. Check out the virtual tour of the latest exhibit Lost Vegas, Tim Burton at the Neon Musuem featuring Burton’s work in the US for the first time in 10 years – and it’s nostalgic, strange and wonderful. This half-hour vid walks you though the Neon graveyard of old signs mixed with Burton’s new works made to look vintage through various techniques. The exhibit was inspired by Burton’s childhood memories of Vegas from the 1960s and encapsulates the offbeat vibe that he his famous for. Check out Tim Burton's Lost Vegas at the Neon Museum!
Roald Dahl Museum – This museum gives you a greater insight into the creative genius of Roald Dahl, best known for Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach and the BFG. Get to see his Writer’s Hut, a small structure where he did his writing, and find out about some of his whimsical habits, like keeping a chocolate wrapper ball, made from the foils of sweets, that sat atop his desk. There are 360 degree virtual tours, activities to do and more. IRL, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is located in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, Dahl’s hometown.Visit the Roald Dahl Museum!