What can you do when at home for the Coronavirus lockdown? Why not visit a museum in a new way, with a virtual tour, for example. We've rounded up a selection of the Milanese and Italian museums virtually opening their doors to the public thanks to their websites and official social media accounts.

Even during these days at home to face the COVID-19 emergency, the culture never stops. Both institutions, public and private museums ad art galleries are all united to provide their visitors with the chance to explore their collections, the featured exhibitions – which are all closed to the public – and even enjoy site-specific events and special activities. From podcasts to virtual tours, up to videos, playlists, themed focuses on art, architecture and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Enjoy your visit!

Pinacoteca di Brera - Brera Art Gallery (Milan)

More than 669 masterpieces from the Pinacoteca’s permanent collection can be seen close up on the art gallery’s website (see below). The virtual tour also enables visitors to discover insightful highlights and details on the various works of art.

Allestment at Pinacoteca di Brera
Allestment at Pinacoteca di Brera

Check the online collection at pinacotecabrera.org

Fondazione Prada (Milan)

Not only virtual tours but also special visits to the current contemporary art exhibitions hosted in the spaces of the foundation are part of the online offer by Fondazione Prada. By accessing its official website (see below) and its accounts on the main social media, guests can take advantage of activities for kids and adults alike.

The outside spaces of Fondazione Prada, photo credits Bas Princen
The outside spaces of Fondazione Prada, photo credits Bas Princen

Check the online collection at www.fondazioneprada.org

Triennale di Milano (Milan)

Though Milan’s most known design museum (Triennale di Milano) is closed, its Triennale Decameron programme is still active. Daily at 5pm artists, designers and architects can be seen and heard live on the official Instagram account (@triennalemilano). Moreover, the official website (see below) enables visitors to enjoy interviews, podcasts and highlights on the world of art and culture, as well as videos and images from the historical archives of the Triennale. Other online activities are held on the official Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Triennale Milan
Triennale Milan

Check the online activities at www.triennale.org

Museo Egizio - Egyptian Museum (Turin)

The second largest Egyptian Museum in the world after the one in Cairo – the Museo Egizio in Turin – can be enjoyed thanks to special guided tours. Led by the museum’s director – Mr. Christian Greco – and available for free on the official Youtube account, the 8-minute tours help visitors discover insightf
ul highlights on the featured findings. A new focus is issued every Thursday and Saturday in March and April. Other multimedia contents can be found on the official Instagram account (@museoegizio).

Museo Egizio in Turin
Museo Egizio in Turin

Check the online activities at museoegizio.it

Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence)

The MuseoCity association, together with Google Arts&Culture has introduced a new way of visiting the precious museum in Florence and its sections thanks to a selection of high-resolution images of the featured works, which include masterpieces by great Italian masters such as Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello and Michelangelo. Moreover, the brand-new IperVisioni (HyperVisions) section on the official website (see below) allows guests to enjoy special ad hoc exhibitions creating a dialogue between art from the past and the various cultures of the world.

A section of the Uffizi
A section of the Uffizi

Check the online activities at www.uffizi.it

Musei Vaticani - The Vatican Museums (Rome)

The various halls of the Vatican Museums in Rome – which include 26 sections and museums-within-the-museum, among which the Stanze di Raffaello (Raffaello’s Rooms) and the Sistine Chapel – can be admired thanks to 360-degree virtual tours. The tours are available online on the official website (see below) and also enable visitors to enjoy a close-up view of the thousands of works of art part of the Popes’ collection gathered through the centuries. Videos and other multimedia contents can be discovered on the official YouTube channel.

Cappella Sistina - Sistine Chapel in Rome
Cappella Sistina - Sistine Chapel in Rome

Check the online activities at www.museivaticani.va

Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte (Naples)

Always thanks to the collaboration between MuseoCity and Google Arts&Culture, the cultural and artistic gems of the Capodimonte Museum near Naples can be admired online straight from home. The online Google Art&Culture platform gathers over 536 works of art hosted in the museum and on its adjacent park. Over 203 paintings can be seen and analysed close-up thanks to the Art Camera technology, while the special Street View tool enables visitors to enjoy 14 themed stories and virtual tours of the masterpieces hosted in the museum and in the alleys of the Real Bosco.

Salottino Pompeiano, inside the Museo di Capodimonte
Salottino Pompeiano, inside the Museo di Capodimonte

Check the online collections at www.museocapodimonte.beniculturali.it

Italian Beauties by FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (all around Italy)

Virtually strolling through gardens, discovering historical dwellings and their precious objects is now possibile thanks to FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano. The Italian National Trust has indeed powered its brad-new #Italiamimanchi online project enabling visitors to enjoy some of its most widely-appreciated properties thanks to live streamings on the official FAI account on Facebook, Instagram and on the official YouTube channel.

Virtual tours of Villa del Balbianello
Virtual tours of Villa del Balbianello

Discover the initiative at fondoambiente.it