There's perhaps no better time to appreciate and learn more about the world around us than right now. While most museums are currently closed in the world physically, they've actually just moved their operations online. This makes learning about art and history more accessible than it's ever been before, you just need to know where to look! Check out some of our favorite museums you can explore whenever you want below!
The Getty Museum was started by Jean Paul Getty, a prominent oil-executive. He actually built this museum into his house while he was alive to showcase some of his vast collection of art pieces. This museum features works from a number of different centuries, dating back as old as the 8th Century. Perhaps the most famous of pieces is Van Gogh's Irises. Outside of the art, the Getty Museum is actually 2 separate facilities: The Getty Villa and the Getty Center. Both of these buildings are absolutely stunning examples of architecture on their own right and offer views of either the ocean or the mountains. You can explore the Getty Museum here.
Less a traditional museum and more of a monument, Pompeii is the perfect place to learn about history where it happened. Pompeii was a city in Italy like any other until the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The magma and ash came down so quickly that the entire city is left encased in stone and rock. Visitors to Pompeii can learn about the tragedy and explore what a real Roman city of that time period looks like. You can explore Pompeii for yourself here.
The famous ruins of Machu Picchu may not be the first thing you think of when thinking of museums, but there are few better locations to explore than this right now. Located high in the Andean Mountains, Machu Picchu is a place we still don't know much about. What we do know for sure is that walking around the massive city feels impressive, as the stone walls tower around you on all sides. Machu Picchu originally dates back to the 15th century, though it was abandoned in the 16th century. Now thought to have been a villa for an Incan Emperor, the foundations of buildings give us a clear glimpse of what life was like in these high mountains. You can explore Machu Picchu here.
This museum in Australia is dedicated to showcasing the unique contributions Australia has made to surfing culture and the sport of surfing itself. While this may not have the same level of global recognition as the other locations on our list, it is a very interesting museum to check out on a subject that not as many people are well acquainted with! You can learn more about it here.
Perhaps the most famous art gallery in the world, The Louvre is a location on many people's bucket lists. Whether you're here to explore the massive halls of the galleries, or simply cast your gaze upon the Mona Lisa itself, this museum is worth looking at for anyone interested in art. Explore the Louvre's art galleries on their website.