The world’s great museums are closing over coronavirus concerns—Here’s how you can still tour them.

I believe that art museums serve many purposes beyond being repositories for paintings, sculptures, and other works. For me, they’re places that provide inspiration, education, and space for quiet reflection and peace. While museums share art and context and create community, they provide me with an overall sense of awe, wonder, and—importantly—gratitude.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting an empty museum after hours, the experience can be even more special, more profound.

With concerns over the coronavirus closing museums, large and small, around the world, I was thrilled, a couple of days ago, to see an article in The Art Newspaper by Aimee Dawson. She shares that there are hundreds of top online museums and art tours that you can enjoy from home. (I’ll share that visiting world-class art for a few hours is a nice way to get your mind off of the 24-7 news cycle.)

Dawson says that the best place to get started is:

Google Arts & Culture tours: International Museums

Your first stop for online art tours and resources is definitely Google’s Arts & Culture platform: they have digital documentation of more than 1,200 international institutions. From virtual tours to high definition images of works from the collections, you could get lost for hours on this site. You can search by artist or art historical periods, or you can look at museums from a particular country or browse your local area in the map view. The institutions included on the platform include the big names like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence as well as smaller but well-loved spaces like Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.

With my thanks to The Art Newspaper, I’ll send you to their original article. The resources that Dawson has pulled together aren’t just resources for this troubling time, but for all time.

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By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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