Wander the halls of the de Young, sip on prohibition stories, and get inside the original Air Force One, all without leaving your couch. While the front doors may be locked, world-class museums around the West are inviting visitors to explore their latest digital delights. Where to first?
The de Young Museum
The de Young Museum, the crown jewel of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, goes beyond the standard digital collection with this extensive museum guide presented by Google. You can view online exhibits and collections of famous American works, or glide through the halls on a virtual walking tour.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
If modern art is more your jam, SFMOMA’s #MuseumFromHome initiative provides a window into their extensive collection with digital exhibitions, artist interviews, interesting reads, and more added weekly. The breadth of their online content nearly matches the scale of the physical museum, one of the largest of its class in the United States.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
J. Paul Getty was known for his appetite for underappreciated and undervalued art, and he obsessively filled his collection with 18th-Century European furniture and Renaissance paintings, often bought at bargain prices. Even when these works can’t be viewed in person in Los Angeles, this digital guide ensures that the masterpieces can still be enjoyed.