01 January 2021

To keep us entertained at home, Google teamed up with museums, national parks and zoos around the world for spectacular virtual tours. Below is our pick of the best excursions. Enjoy your visit!

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British Museum, London

Welcome to The Museum of the World, London. Go back in time and discover fascinating objects and artifacts of human history. From the ancient Rosetta Stone to Egyptian mummies, a partnership between the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute uses the latest WebGL technology to explore cultures over the centuries. Learn something new by listening to the museum’s curators as they share the incredible stories of the past.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

If you can’t make it to Florence, then Florence will come to you. The Uffizi Gallery itself was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for the famous Medici family. The exhibit features stunning art collections of Italy’s illustrious families, as well as curated journeys, such as “The Creative Process Behind Federico Barocci’s Drawings.” Take a leap back in time and get up close with high-resolution zoom-in features to truly appreciate the works of art – it’s almost as if you were standing right there!

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

If you’re curious to see active volcanoes from the comforts of your living room, check out Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s virtual tour to explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, a natural-forming cave used to drain lava during an eruption. Press play and watch mother nature’s remarkable forms through the eyes of Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita, a fourth-generation National Park employee who grew up with the volcanoes in her backyard.

Machu Picchu, Peru

From low volcanic caves, we head to the high peaks of Machu Picchu to walk the trails of this UNESCO World Heritage site. As you travel through the ancient Inca ruins and Peruvian landscapes, the tour is filled with fascinating insights accompanied by a narrator and stunning 360-degree views.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Take a virtual stroll through one of the world’s most popular art galleries showcasing 19th century artists. Get a peek at Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others, while getting lost in the beautiful art collections divided by categories, such as oil paint, canvas, bronze, impressionism, and more.

Finnish Forestry, Finland

Take a virtual tour through the hidden pathways of dense woodlands in Finland and discover an amazing habitat up-close. Learn about sustainable forest management by taking four trails: The Source of Life, Growth for Tomorrow, Adapting to Global Trends, or the Never-Ending Cycle path.

Tours of global zoos

Why choose one zoo when you can visit all at once with Google Earth’s feature? We suggest starting from the San Diego Zoo in California and make your way to Taronga Zoo in Australia. Have fun!