With the rise of online entertainment, especially during the pandemic, many doors were open for cultural institutions to expand its activities to the virtual space in a creative manner, the answer that many museums around the world found is that of making online visitations available to the worldwide public.

Some museums and famous tourist attractions around the world offer virtual tours with 360º technology through the capture of on-location photography, but everything has become even more realistic and accessible with the partnership with Google. They have developed a specific culture and art platform, titled Google Arts & Culture, which uses street view technology to provide free virtual tours to art galleries around the world. In addition, the site also provides information on art history, compiles works by famous artists and divides the collections in a thematic way.

This week, THE GUIDE brings to you a brief summary of some of the museums and tourist attractions around the world available through street view in the Arts and culture platform:

Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, Coimbra:

The Machado de Castro National Museum is one of the most important Fine Arts museums in Portugal. It was named in honor of the outstanding sculptor from Coimbra Machado de Castro. Its assets include important sculpture, painting and decorative arts. It occupies the former premises of the Bishop’s Palace of Coimbra and a large new building, inaugurated in 2012.

It has been integrated since 2013 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the University of Coimbra – Alta e Sofia. The museum holds an impressive collection of historical Portuguese art, with some works dating even back to the I and II centuries.

Opera House, Sydney:

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center on Sydney Harbour located in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings and one of Australia’s most famous tourist attractions.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, but completed by an Australian architectural team headed by Peter Hall, the building was formally opened on October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition.

The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. On the Arts & Culture platform you can view both the iconic outside of the opera house, as well as the inside, including numerous opera stages.

National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen:

The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures, alike. It contains exhibits from around the world, from Greenland to South America. Additionally, the museum sponsors SILA – The Greenland Research Center at the National Museum of Denmark to further archaeological and anthropological research in Greenland.

The museum has a number of national commitments, particularly within the following key areas: archaeology, ethnology, numismatics, ethnography, natural science, conservation, communication, building antiquarian activities in connection with the churches of Denmark, as well as the handling of the Danefæ (the National Treasures).

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