The Best Virtual Museums for Fine Arts Study at Home
Visiting museums and going on field trips are probably the most fun part of homeschooling. (Science experiments are a tie at our house). If getting out and enjoying art museums is hard for your homeschool, then using virtual museums for studying fine arts at home is the perfect solution for a ‘day out’ without having to leave the house. These world-famous art museums are also hosting the best virtual museums you can find online. They make studying fine arts at home so easy.
Once you’ve picked the museum you will visit first, get the perfect FREE Virtual Museum Journaling and Notebooking resource to turn your virtual museum tours into active, engaging opportunities for learning fun at the art museum or any other virtual field trip. It’s at the bottom of this post.
12 Virtual Art Museums for Fine Arts Study at Home.
The Met – New York, NY
The Met is such an amazing museum to visit. It’s true for enjoying their digital collection of famous works of art too. When you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for your fine arts study, make sure to include:
British Museum – London, England
The British Museum‘s school resources sections have so many downloadable resources that may fit perfectly with your history and art studies. If you want a more focused approach to a topic or want to combine art and history, the Egyptian Mummies Virtual Tour & Unit Study or the Roman Britain Virtual Tour & Unit Study are perfect for your ancient art and history studies.
The Vatican – Rome, Italy
Visit the Vatican museums with a virtual 360 tour. Your kids can look up, down, and all around. It’s the perfect place to use one of the Virtual Field Trip Notebooking and Journaling pages. The fine art study sheet is a picture-perfect resource to create active learning with this virtual tour. Not sure which tour to take? You can’t go wrong with the Salone Sistino. It’s one of the rooms near the Sistine Chapel, which everyone wants to visit in person if ever given the chance.
The Louvre – Paris, France
The Louvre is massive. When you visit in person, it’s like drinking from a fire hose. Why not have a few fun virtual visits where you can take it slow and enjoy the view? There are seven fine arts at home virtual tours where you can explore medieval art in the moat, examine Galerie d’ Apollon and even Egyptian artifacts, and so many more. Of course, if you want to see Mona Lisa up close, you might need to go in person. So grab your journaling and notebooking pages at the end of the post & have fun!
The National Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
The National Gallery of Art has so much to offer! For virtual tours, complete a study of Daga’s sculpture and paintings by taking an up-close look at his many works. You could easily spend a week just in this gallery. Perhaps focus on one room a day and have each of your children focus on one painting and then discuss it as a family. Make it all the way through this fine arts virtual tour and be rewarded by a gorgeous Dega sculpture.
Brera Picture Gallery – Milan, Italy
Learning about Europe? Visit the Grand Canal of Venice with a few amazing high definition images from the world-famous Brera Picture Gallery in Milan, Italy. The Grand Canal, by Canaletto, the View of the Grand Canal with the Fabbriche Nuove di Rialto, and the View of the Grand Canal towards Rialto with Palazzo Grimani and Palazzo Manin, by Francesco Guardi, all are a perfect addition to any Italy country study, or world history and geography class. And of course, it’s an intriguing fine arts study too when you zoom in and see the amazing detail of these paintings.
Uffizi Gallery – Florence Italy
The Uffizi Gallery has curated some gorgeous digital collections that are perfect for studying different themes in (mostly) Italian art. A favorite is In the Light of Angels. It is a compilation of 25 works of art all about angels. Perfect for a unique Christmas picture study.
Prado Museum – Madrid, Spain
Many of the interactive resources at the Prado Museum are in Spanish which is awesome if you already know a bit of Spanish. It’s a great place for picture study (and practicing your Spanish), but if your kids are looking for a fun resource in English, Prado has provided this interesting story.
Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg, Russia
Pick a room! Any room. They are all fabulous and so intriguing to look through. There are virtual 360 tours for so many rooms at the Hermitage Museum you might get ‘virtually’ lost. Feeling overwhelmed by it all? Pick a topic or era you are studying in history, literature, or art and grab a room that will enrich something you are already studying. Another idea is to head to the collection’s highlights. Make sure you have your notebooking and journaling pack (at the end of the post) for completing your picture and fine arts study.
Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Doing a Van Gogh artist study? Then there is only one place to ‘Gogh’ (sorry, couldn’t resist). The chronological journey about this famous artist is delightful for all ages. Study flowers, landscapes, and self-portraits in this colorful virtual tour perfect for a fine arts study at home.
São Paulo Museum of Art – San Paulo, Brazil
Parents will enjoy exploring the collections at the Sao Paulo Museum of Art with their kids. It’s a modern gallery with a wide variety of art. Explore the museum up close and click past anything you aren’t interested in. They have created a unique gallery-like experience with this virtual tour.
Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
If you really enjoy doing artist studies, then the Guggenheim is where you want to head. Their online gallery has so many artists you are sure to find what you are looking for all in one place. And if you’d rather search be artistic era, artistic movement, or even specific mediums, you’ll find is super easy to navigate their search feature and choose the perfect fine arts study. You’ll love the artist’s biographies and narratives on each work of art.
Fun & Affordable Fine Arts Study at Home
Visiting the world’s most famous museums for a fine arts study just got affordable by using virtual learning and museum resources! Get the FREE Virtual Museum Journaling and Notebooking printable and have fun exploring fine arts in your homeschool.
Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.