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The best virtual art exhibitions to explore from your couch

Marvel at the world's most renowned artworks right from your living room

The Natural History Museum
Photograph: Kafai Liu on Unsplash
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Trying to find something to keep you occupied while in self-isolation? Hey, you don't have to watch endless series on Netflix if you don't want to. Did you know that you can explore virtually every major museum in the world online? That's made possible with the existence of online platform Google Arts and Culture and virtual tours hosted by the galleries themselves, it's possible to go on a virtual tour of the museums without even leaving your couch. 

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Ong Kim Seng
Photograph: Ong Kim Seng
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National Gallery Singapore

City Hall

Did you know that you can explore the National Gallery Singapore without even getting off your couch? After all, the gallery oversees the world's leading public collection of modern art from Singapore and Southeast Asia, with over 8,000 works from the 19th and 20th centuries. View works by illustrious artists like Lim Cheng Hoe, Thomas Yeo and Ong Kim Seng with a virtual tour of the gallery itself. 

Art Central x Artsy
Photograph: Art Central Hong Kong

Art Central x Artsy Online Fair

Following the cancellation of the initial Art Central Hong Kong due to COVID-19, the team has teamed up with exclusive online partner Artsy to host an online edition of Art Central from March 18 to May 1. Featuring cutting-edge works by emerging artists, the online catalogue will offer a longer opportunity for collectors and participating galleries to interact. Highlights include Ina Jang’s Radiator Theatre the Heat presented by One Four, Peter Yuill’s As Above So Below from Gallery HZ, and Darryl Westly’s Interior-Exterior Flora from Cuturi Gallery. To access the Art Central x Artsy site, click the link here

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IRAS Gallery
Photograph: IRAS Gallery

IRAS Gallery

If you're looking for something more, er, serious, the IRAS Gallery won't disappoint. Learn about the beginnings of tax in Singapore, get interesting facts you never knew, and find out how the administration of tax has transformed over the years at the Virtual Gallery. Well, since we've got all the time in the world now, why not? 

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)
Photograph: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Bangkok)

Over at Bangkok, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Bangkok) is a strong advocate for authentic Thai art and culture. It houses a large collection of valuable paintings and sculptures created by famous Thai artists. Enter the wild world of Thai surrealist artist Somphong Adulyasaraphan at its online exhibit Transcending. The exhibit features artworks such as House under the Sea (1986) and Gazing at the World Through the Gate (2002) – providing us with a glimpse of what goes inside the artist's mind. 

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J Paul Getty Museum
Photograph: David Everett Strickler on Unsplash

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Boasting more than 6,000 years worth of treasures, the Getty is one of the most iconic art institutions in the USA. Three of the museum's most popular exhibitions – Michelangelo: Mind of the Master, Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq, and Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politicsare online. The Google Arts and Culture site also offers a museum view tool offering a glimpse of the gallery's spaces, with clickable artworks to provide you with more information. 

The Natural History Museum
Photograph: Kafai Liu on Unsplash

The Natural History Museum

If you had your upcoming trip to London cancelled, don't fret. Discover the world's largest natural history collection at London's Natural History Museum – virtually, that is. Delve into the fascinating story of our planet, from its fiery beginnings through billions of years of transformation. And don't forget to keep an eye out for the most famous resident, Dippy the Dino.  

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