How the digital era is helping cultural institutions and museums facing Covid-19
While museums and cultural institutions in general are physically closed to visitors and tours, they are now opened to the world through technology and social media. This way people are still able to visit, study and interact with the art around the world and, at the same time, visitors are safe at their homes.
Opera companies from Berlin or New York, and others, are doing live-streaming concerts. They also offer free access to digital catalogue of past performances and many artists and singers are giving free online concerts to the world.
The world famous museum of Louvre, in Paris, has 4 virtual tours opened to the public: Remains of the Louvre’s Moat which incompasses the original fortress; Egyptian Antiquities; Exhibition; The Advent of the Artist where visitors can take a look at Rembrandt, Delacroix or Tintoretto’s work; and finally the Gallerie d’Apollon.
Another famous museum that is offering a digital tour is The Vatican Museums. Although the visitors are not able to see the whole museums, it is possible to see the most wanted – Sistine Chapel and the work of Michelangelo. For the first time you can have the Chapel just for you, completly empty to admire!
Google’s Arts & Culture Platform has 1200 museums and archives from the world’s top museums such as MoMA, Musee D’orsay in Paris; Tate Modern or even the Van Gogh Museum.
Instagram is being another platform to share information and images through the hashtag #MuseumFromHome.