Here you can visit 1,200 museums from the couch

Here you can visit 1,200 museums from the couch

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Boredom at home? Simply by couch in the museum.

The planned museum visit to stimulate creativity initially falls into the water in the times of Corona. Or not? On this website you can also visit cultural sites from the couch.

To find inspiration, CIA agents use the museum trick. No matter whether a natural history museum or an art gallery – such a place can provide new impulses. And therefore also for solutions that can be helpful in the job. “When our brains immerse themselves in new worlds,” explains trainer Nyssa Staatveit, “we also get new thoughts.” But how is that supposed to work when all public facilities are closed? “Google Arts & Culture” could provide a solution. There are over 2,500 virtual tours through 1,200 museums and galleries. In this way, visitors can walk through the cultural halls from the couch – following the principle of Google Street View – and view world-famous works of art.

Encourage creativity with virtual tours

The Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, for example, comprises the state collection of the Netherlands with 841 art objects. These include the famous works of art “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Jan Vermeer and “The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp ”from Rembrandt van Rijn. A visit to the Munch Museum in Oslo is also virtually possible. For example, “The Scream” by the Norwegian painter and graphic artist Edvard Munch is on display here. But many German art houses and museums can also visit: the Pergamon Museum in Berlin or the Gemaldegalerie der Alte Meister in Dresden, for example. The latter cultural institution houses the “Sistine Madonna”, which seems fascinating to the viewer.

Raphael’s artwork is one of the most famous paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Art lovers who have already stood there know how much this work stimulates the world of thought. Who or what is Pope Sixtus II pointing to in the picture? Why do the Madonna and baby Jesus look so sad? And what about the angels in the lower margin? A popular interpretation is that the people in the picture look at the future of the newborn on the cross. The viewer is always challenged. And that is what the CIA agents mentioned at the beginning also strive for. “Brains are like parachutes, they only work when they are open,” said Nyssa Straatveit at SXSW in Texas last year.

More on the subject: “Creativity – How CIA agents think ‘out of the box'”

In principle from Google Street View

If you choose a museum or an art house, you can visit online exhibitions as well as take a tour of the cultural institutions. The former option lists the most popular exhibits of the respective houses. Interested parties can click through the works from left to right and back again and learn the story behind them. The latter option basically happens from Google Street View. Depending on the museum, the virtual visit can lead over old stairs along large glass surfaces and past exciting exhibits. This makes home quarantine or at least the blocking of contacts at least a bit bearable. Click here for the collection!

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