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Can’t Travel to Paris? Visit the Louvre Museum Virtually

The glass pyramid and front of the Louvre Museum.
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You no longer have to head to Paris to visit one of its most famous attractions. The Louvre Museum’s entire art collection is now available online.

In 2020, the doors of the iconic museum shuddered and, for many, travel still isn’t possible. Now, however, the Louvre has reopened—virtually, anyway. You can access over 480,000 pieces for free online via the landmark museum’s Collections site.

You can navigate through multiple categories of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, jewelry and finery, writing, and inscriptions. You can also check out themed curations. Within each category, you can also search for individual pieces. Information is included with each piece, including its title, the artist(s), and the year it was created. There are also close-up photos of each item.

If you prefer a more “real-life” experience, you can take a virtual walking tour of the museum via an interactive map. As you visit each section, you’ll see the beautiful architecture of the museum itself. You can then click through each piece on display in that particular area. The curations are continually updated by experts.

Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Louvre, said in a statement that the new online exhibit is sure to fuel people’s desire to visit the museum in person once they’re able.

The Louvre isn’t the only famous museum you can visit virtually—work your way through this list while you’re waiting to book your next vacation.

[Via CNN]

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