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A Global Digital Museum Week, pt. 1

20 April 2020

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Because this year is the first fully digital National Museum Week, we have collected some great museums for you to visit online! But there is a little twist, why stick to The Netherlands when you're fully digital? We have expanded our horizon and gathered online museums from Eindhoven to New York. We found so many, we wrote two articles! Check out part 1!
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1. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)

Visit the Rijksmuseum from home and discover more than 8,000 masterpieces from up close. You can also check out the Rijks Studio and curate your own collection with your favourite works. Another perk of a digital visit? You can watch the Night Watch without having to queue up. Click here for a virtual tour of the museum. 

2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (USA)

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is worth a real life visit, but for now the Guggenheim virtually continues to ignite ideas, discussion and creativity. The museum has designed different digital tools, from audio tours, to virtual tours and everything in between. Check out all your options here

3. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL)

Find your way around the Van Abbemuseum with Google Streetview, or watch one of the mini documentaries about the various exhibitions. Feel like listening? Flemish theatre-maker Lucas de Man takes you on a audio tour past the hidden stories, gives you a look behind the scenes and provides you with the necessary background information on the museum's masterpieces and architecture. You can find all the options on their website.

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4. Vatican Museums, Vatican city (IT)

There are many ways that lead to Rome, but for now the only way is digital. Although there won't be any pizza or espresso, you can still check out the wonders of the Sistine Chapel, or visit Raphael’s Rooms.

5. De Pont, Tilburg (NL)

De Pont in Tilburg does not have an online exhibition, but highlights a different work online every day, for as long as the museum has to remain closed due to the coronavirus. Check out their Instagram and Facebook.

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6. Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)

In contrast to the other museums, the Boijmans van Beuningen was already closed because of the renovation and relocation of the museum depot. Online you can take a good look at the museum's extensive collection, take a 360 degree tour or look through a number of file catalogues. Or check out the diferrent audio tours

7. MoMA, New York (USA)

Each Thursday, the curators of MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York organise virtual views into their exhibitions and collection. You will find exclusive access to Donald Judd’s sculptures, Dorothea Lange’s photographs, intimate home movies, and more. Every weekend, the museum takes you inside an exhibition or a favourite artwork from the collection through video stories and curator Q&A's, as well as audio playlists and feature articles. Here you can find more information.

There is more..

Can't get enough? This Thursday we will publish another overview of interesting online museums. In the meantime, you can find a complete overview of the Dutch museums that are participating in Digital National Museum Week here.