To celebrate International Museums Day on 18th May, let yourself be transported into a virtual world of arts and culture from around the globe.
Why not explore the Eiffel Tower, stroll around the SS Great Britain or visit the Palace of Versailles?
We’ve put together some highlights to help you take a virtual tour of museums in the UK and further afield. Let us know what you find out via Twitter and use the hashtag #IMD2020 to share what you get up to.
Natural History Museum, London
There really is something for everyone at the Natural History Museum. Join Sir David Attenborough for a tour, see beautiful drawings, paintings and photographs as well as getting up close and personal with drawers of bugs. The Nature Live Online team are also conducting interactive sessions on YouTube. Discover the Natural History Museum online.
Tate Modern Andy Warhol exhibition, London
Join the curators of the fantastic Warhol exhibition to ‘walk’ around a gallery of some of Warhol’s most famous artwork, including images of Marilyn Monroe, self-portraits and pieces never before seen in the UK. Discover the Andy Warhol exhibition online.
Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Step inside the grand interior of Blickling Hall, set in the stunning Norfolk countryside. The supposed birthplace of Anne Boleyn, this National Trust venue is the perfect place for a ‘family day in’. There are beautiful souvenirs from the owners’ Grand Tour to be found around the house and there’s even a Long Gallery for indoor exercise. Discover Blickling Hall online.
SS Great Britain, Bristol
Isambard Kingdom Brunel announced his ship to be “the greatest experiment since Creation”, made of iron and being driven by a 1000 horse power steam engine. The SS Great Britain was grand, innovative and adaptable. As well as being a passenger ship, taking emigrants to Australia, she carried coal and wheat back from America. Discover the SS Great Britain online.
Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden
Let your imagination go wild as you explore the adventures of Roald Dahl and see how they inspired his classic children’s stories. See Dahl’s Writing Hut and discover his revolting recipes and marvellous magic! Discover the Roald Dahl Museum online.
Hull Streetlife Museum, East Yorkshire
Take a trip back in time to learn about the history of the bicycle, pop to the shops or enjoy a day out at the 1900 Motor Show. Discover the Hull Streetlife Museum online.
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Northern Ireland
This venue truly has become a virtual museum and with the VE Day celebrations recently, it’s a great time to be making a pretend gas mask or exploring the World War II fire engine. Alternatively, try some science at home by building a bridge or making a string telephone. Discover the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum online.
Big Pit, Blaenavon, Wales
Download the Google Expeditions app and see what life was like for the miners of Big Pit, a Victorian working colliery. Experience the underground stables for the horses, find out the dangers the miners faced and the tools they used to extract the coal. Discover Big Pit online.
The National Air and Space Museum, America
Play games, read space stories and explore objects in 3D as well as enjoying a virtual tour of this fascinating museum. There are some intriguing people to learn about and you just might have an astronaut in the making after a visit here! Discover the National Air and Space Museum online.
Palace of Versailles, France
The beauty of this palace is plain to see in abundance – the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments are all available to see – without the crowds! Explore the Palace of Versailles online.
Eiffel Tower, France
Enjoy a panoramic view of the French capital from the top of this world famous landmark. A familiar sight on the Parisian skyline, but have you explored inside? Explore the Eiffel Tower online.
Pompeii started life as a village at the intersection of three major roads and from there became a centre of trade and travel. The city prospered and well-heeled Romans took their holidays here. All this changed on 24th August 79AD – Pompeii was engulfed in lava and ashes and time was to stand still in the city for evermore. Explore Pompeii online.
Take a stroll around Ancient Greece and find out what life was like for Athenians. The Parthenon is perhaps the most well-known part of the Acropolis with beautiful sculptures and is dedicated to the goddess Athena, considered to be the patron of Athens. Perhaps this trip could inspire a Greek day at home? Explore the Acropolis online.