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  • We may have long days ahead because of the enhanced community quarantine and COVID-19, but it’s proven that parents are so creative coming up with fun, educational activities and games that not only keep the kids entertained but also keep them active.

    If you’re looking to inject a little culture and art appreciation while stuck at home, there are a number of museums that you can “visit” online! According to Fast Company, Google teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries worldwide to make virtual tours and online exhibits accessible to the public. Other famous museums, like the Louvre in Paris, and the Vatican Museums in Rome, offer online access on their respective websites.

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    Museums you can access online

    The Google Arts & Culture collection features famous museums like the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, and many more!

    Here are 7 museums that you can visit in the comfort of your own home:

    The Louvre

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    The iconic museum offers three virtual tours: Egyptian antiquities, remains of the Louvre’s moat (the museum was originally a fortress built by the French king Philippe Auguste), and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon (Apollo Gallery). The gallery features 41 paintings, 118 sculptures, and 28 tapestries.

    British Museum

    The museum offers a virtual tour of its Great Court where you can discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. There are also hundreds of artifacts to view!

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    Guggenheim Museum

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    Google’s Street View feature allows a tour of the museum’s famous spiral staircase, where you can view and discover artworks made by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary artists.

    Vatican Museums

    The museum, which display works from the immense collection of the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy, offers 360-degree tours of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s room, Room of the Chiaroscuri, and more.

    Musée d’Orsay

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    If you love French artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, and Gaugin, you can take a look at their artworks that are housed in this gallery. Most of their collection comes from the Impressionist era, and you can view renowned pieces like Monet’s “Poppies,” Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait,” Manet’s “Olympia,” and more.

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    National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

    South Korea’s largest museum is home to over 7,000 artworks, including works of contemporary Korean artists like Go Hui-dong, Park Su-geun, and Kim Whan-ki. The virtual tour will take you through the different branches located in Gwacheon, Seoul, and Deoksugung.

    Van Gogh Museum

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    If you missed the Van Gogh Alive exhibit in Manila, you can get a similar experience for free through Google’s virtual tour. The museum houses the largest collection of artwork made by Vincent Van Gogh — over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750 personal letters created by the genius painter.

    Feeling overwhelmed now that the kids are home all the time? Click here for more fun ideas to do with the kids and here to keep your mental health in check. You've got this, moms and dads!

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