04/06/20 Virtual Tours: Art and Architecture Around the World


We can’t travel due to the current pandemic, but suddenly we have the whole world at our fingertips. Thanks to livestreams, video calls, and a wide variety of free content online, we can be everywhere at once—all from the comfort of our homes.


What do you have planned this week? How about taking a break from Netflix and touring some of the best architecture sites and art exhibits around the world? Below, we’ve curated (and will continue to update) a list of virtual tours you can view from your very own couch. Enjoy the culture trip!


1. California State Archives on Google Arts & Culture

Landscape architecture and history fanatics unite! You can explore historical photos, national park photography and railroad plans on the California State Archives through Google Arts & Culture. Go down the rabbit hole and browse through the virtual exhibits and photo albums, all available for free.


2. 360 Virtual Tours on Nikreations

Check out the large library of architecture photography, interior photography, travel photography and 360 virtual tours of different sites and buildings on Nikreations. With its wide selection, you have hours of mesmerizing content at your fingertips.


3. Dominion Tower by Zaha Hadid

Take a virtual tour of the Dominion Office Building in Moscow, Russia, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Roam the halls and explore each floor of this fascinating and modern building.


4. The Soane Museum

Check out the historic house, museum and library of neoclassical architect Sir John Soane with this virtual reality tour. You’ll be transported instantly and mesmerized throughout your online journey.


5. 360 Virtual Tours of the Vatican

One of the most iconic sites in the world, Vatican City is an architectural masterpiece. See it for yourself on a 360 virtual tour, where you can explore the Sistine Chapel and other stunning rooms at the Vatican.


6. Walt Disney Concert Hall

For its 10th anniversary, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA, designed by USC Architecture alumnus Frank Gehry, created a high-def virtual tour that takes you inside and out of the striking building.


7. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, and More

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, more than 500 museums around the world—including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Folk Museum of Korea, and LA’s own J. Paul Getty Museum—are now available to tour virtually. Explore a range of exhibits from these world-class art museums.


8. The Architecture of Antoni Gaudi & Others

Google Arts & Culture is also offering a tour of 11 of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi’s most well-known projects, including the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. A range of “best-of” tours with other renowned architects, such as Rem Koolhaas and Le Corbusier, is also just a click away.



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