Art is a powerful tool used to inspire people on a daily basis. It reminds us of how beautiful and diverse the world truly is. Unfortunately, we often don’t have enough time or money to visit museums and enjoy the artistic masterpieces of past centuries.

But we here at Enlighten have found a solution — an incredible Google Art Project that offers virtual tours to the world’s top museums. Let’s start with the coolest ones!

The Museum of Modern Art in New York

This famous museum ranks as one of the most visited in the world. But despite the name, it showcases more than just contemporary paintings. Collection highlights include Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Gustav Klimt’s “Hope II.” A virtual tour offers a detailed look at unusual present-day exhibits: original suits, photographs, posters, sculptures, Mark Bradford’s psycho-geographical paintings and more.

The National Gallery, London

You can easily spend the whole day here without ever getting bored. The museum’s world-famous collection encompasses works of art from the 13th to the 20th centuries. “Virgin of the Rocks,” by Leonardo da Vinci, “Venus and Mars,” by Sandro Botticelli and “Allegory of Prudence,” by Titian are some of the most remarkable paintings displayed here. 

The Old National Gallery in Berlin

This German museum houses a whole range of 19th-century art, covering all major styles including Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism and Early Modernism. Particularly noteworthy are the following canvases: “In the Conservatory,” by Edouard Manet, “The Wave,” by Gustave Courbet, “The Monk by the Sea,” by Caspar David Friedrich. You can take a virtual, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. Some of the works are lacking signatures, though.  

Versailles

The royal greatness is evident everywhere in this museum. With the Google Art Project tour, not only will you get a chance to feast your eyes on famous paintings (“The Death of Marat,” by Jacques-Louis David, “Rebecca and Eliezer,” by Paolo Veronese, “Hercules and Telephus,” by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet) but you will also get to see how one of the most luxurious palaces in the world has changed over centuries. Don’t forget to take a walk through the realistic park.

The State Tretyakov Gallery

Art lovers won’t find a more complete collection devoted to Russian artists anywhere else. Our favorites are: “The Black Sea,” by Ivan Aivazovsky, “The Emerald Necklace,” by Victor Borisov-Musatov, “The Girl with Peaches,” by Valentin Serov and “The Lady in Blue,” by Konstantin Somov. 

The National Gallery of Modern Art in India

Eager to know more about Indian art? A tour around this museum is a beautiful opportunity to meet a completely different culture. The Gallery houses not only works by Indian artists, but also paintings by some European masters working in India. Often compared to Frida Kahlo, Amrita Sher-Gil is definitively worth your attention. 

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Nowadays, this is the most visited museum in Italy. You can view Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” for hours. Among many other masterpieces, The Uffizi Gallery houses famous works like “The Adoration of the Magi” and “The Annunciation,” by Leonardo da Vinci, “Flora,” by Titian and “The Musical Angel,” by Rosso Fiorentino. 

The Van Gogh Museum

If you like Dutch post-Impressionist paintings, this museum is just for you. By the way, here you will find not only Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and drawings (e.g. “Sunflowers,” “The Potato Eaters,” “The Bedroom in Arles”) but also works by his artist friends and contemporaries (Pablo Picasso and Paul Gauguin).

Reina Sofia Museum

It is not only an incredible art museum, but also a huge library. The gallery houses the greatest paintings by avant-garde artist Juan Gris (“The Bottle of Anis del Mono,” “The Open Window,” “Violin and Guitar”). The main exhibit in the museum is still “Guernica,” by Pablo Picasso. 

Tate Britain

Here you can learn nearly everything about British art. The Tate Britain houses British artworks from 1500 to present day. Take a virtual tour to see “Ophelia,” by Sir John Everett Millais, “Nocturne,” by James Whistler and “The Snowstorm,” by William Turner.