People all over the United States have to shelter in place for at least another month due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your daily dose of arts and culture. You can see your favorite artwork without flying to LAX and getting an airport rental car. Many museums in Los Angeles offer virtual tours that you can enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home. They also have a variety of content for art lovers including curator podcasts, videos, and excerpts from past exhibitions.
Here are 5 virtual museum tours in Los Angeles that you can’t miss.
The Getty Museum
The Getty Museum has one of the largest collections of art and cultural items in America. You can find everything from ancient and prehistoric artifacts, to post-modern paintings and sculptures at their two locations in Los Angeles. To help kick the quarantine blues, they’ve created a host of virtual tours and exhibits that offer something for everyone. Their current digital offerings include sketches by Michelangelo, ancient Assyrian sculptures, and a host of impressionist painters. There’s also an interactive Bauhaus tour for all of you design-lovers. The Getty Museum also produces two weekly art podcasts, and has a host of educational videos on their Youtube page.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles offers a host of fun virtual activities for housebound art enthusiasts. Along with a list of their recent acquisitions, the Virtual MOCA program offers daily art-related activities. This includes a weekly book club, movie night, and different artist spotlights. The MOCA Youtube channel also has a variety of videos and playlists on their collections. Their channel features virtual studio visits, interviews with contemporary artists, videos on conservation, and host of other academic video-essays.
The Natural History Museum
If you want something a bit more objective, the Natural History Museum has a wealth of information on their interactive website. Their virtual exhibit tours, editorials, and videos offer an peek into the natural world. Their online exhibitions include the smallest dinosaur ever discovered, a variety of global adventures, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Natural History Museum. You can step inside the museum’s famous Dinosaur exhibit and get an up-close look at creatures from the Mesozoic period. If you want to see a T. rex, there’s no need to fly to L.A. and get an airport rental car. You can get the inside scoop in the comfort of your own home.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western United States. The museum has over 150,000 pieces of art in its collection, which spans from prehistoric times to present day. LACMA is temporarily closed to the public, but you can still browse their current and previous exhibitions on their website. Along with that, they’ve produced a variety of documentaries and short films that you can watch online now. These documentaries include Artists on Art, a behind the scenes look at LACMA’s conservation techniques, and the museum’s award-winning film initiatives.
The Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum is a contemporary art museum and cultural center that’s affiliated with the University of California. They’re no stranger to online art exhibitions, and have an extensive collection of videos, digital archives, and artist profiles that you can browse at your leisure. They also offer live online programs every day at 12:30 PM PDT that you can tune into for free. Check out their Instagram for mobile-friendly art collections that you can’t find anywhere else.
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