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How to Keep Busy at Home: Art-Related Tips for Things To Do During Coronavirus Lockdown

This is an article about how to keep busy at home during this pretty strange situation in our world right now! The coronavirus pandemic has turned our world, as we know it, upside down and outside IN!

We are told to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible in order to slow down the transmission of the coronavirus.

These drastic measures means that we can no longer travel, hang out with friends, go shopping, work out in gyms, visit our favorite art museums, pop into libraries or enjoy the outdoors. In fact, we are all stuck at home with plenty of time on our hands.

So how do we keep busy without losing our minds??

In order to remain sane and calm during these uncertain times, it is probably a good idea to limit the amount of time that you watch the news! Netflix is a brilliant option, but for those of you who love art, I have another idea! Read on….

Virtual Travel to the Most Famous Art Museums All over the World!

This website is about art and travelling in the footsteps of the impressionists and post-impressionists. At the moment we can no longer travel or visit art museums. However, we are so fortunate to live in the era of the internet. The internet provides us with so many ways of connecting to the world. Since we cannot visit art museums at the moment, allow the art to come to you!

Keep busy at Home - Virtual Travel to the Most Famous Art Museums All over the World
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The Amazing Google Arts & Culture Project!

Did you know that  Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries all over the world? The aim of this awesome project is to expose everyone and anyone to the artworks in these incredible art museums. When you click on a painting, you can read about the meaning behind the artwork!

Now that we are all stuck at home during this pandemic, this initiative is a life-saver for all art lovers! You are able to virtually visit the most famous art museums all over the world without getting up from your couch!

10 Incredible Art Museums with the Best Impressionism & Post-Impressionism Art Collections!!

1. The Wonderful Musee D’Orsay Museum in Paris

Musee D’Orsay in Paris is an incredible art museum located on the banks of the River Seine and in the center of Paris. It houses artworks from the period between 1848 until 1914. This huge museum is world famous for having the largest and most impressive impressionism art collection in the world.

The Musee D'Orsay, Paris -the largest impressionism museum in the world
The Musee D’Orsay, Paris. A former railway station

The Musee D-Orsay building was once the Orsay railway station, built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Many years later and after extensive renovations, this amazing railway building was transformed into a HUGE and beautiful art museum.

Press on the link to view some of the art and online exhibitions

The famous clock at the Musee D’Orsay Museum

2. The Beautiful Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam owns the largest collection of artworks by the Dutch post-impressionist, Vincent van Gogh. The permanent collection includes over 200 Van Gogh paintings, 500 drawings & more than 750 letters.

The art museum also hosts temporary art exhibitions focusing mainly on artworks during the impressionism and post-impressionism era.

Press on the link to visit the museum and checkout the amazing Van Gogh Art Museum through its YouTube Channel.

Vincent Van Gogh  Museum, Amsterdam
Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

3. MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art in New York

Check out the awesome Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan New York. This museum was the first art museum in the USA devoted to modern art.

The MoMA’s rich art collection includes both modern and contemporary art. You can view artworks starting from the revolutionary impressionism period in Europe and up until the contemporary artworks of today’s artists.

The massive museum owns over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and so much more!

The MoMa’s amazing highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with more contemporary artworks by Andy Warhol and many others.

The Starry Night Van Gogh painting
Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night displayed at MoMA , New York

To view some of the artworks from MoMa’s art collection, press on the link.
MoMA is also offering free online courses. Check them out!

4. Museo Sorolla Madrid Spain

The Sorolla Museum is located in Madrid, in the former house of the impressionism artist Joaquín Sorolla.

Sorolla built this house in 1911 when he became a well-known artist. He lived here with his wife and their three children. After the artist’s death in 1923, Sorolla’s family donated the house and its artworks for the public to enjoy. The house opened it’s doors as a museum in 1932.

Joaquín Sorolla was greatly influenced by the French impressionists. However he did not stay in Paris but returned to Spain. Sorolla used the impressionism techniques to capture the scenes, landscapes and the people of Spain. His paintings are colorful and magical.

To view the gorgeous Sorolla paintings from this museum, press on the link

Joaquín Sorolla impressionism painting entitled Nina
Joaquín Sorolla Painting Entitled: Nina

5. The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. This stunning museum owns more than 260,000 artworks. It also houses one of the most incredible collections of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements.

To get a glimpse of this amazing museum and its breathtaking collection, press on the link. Also, check out the museum’s fabulous YouTube Channel.

Georges Seurat Painting entitled: Sunday on La Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat Painting entitled: Sunday on La Grande Jatte
The Art Institute of Chicago

6. Belvedere Art Museum, Vienna,

The Belvedere art museum is located inside a magnificent Baroque palace in Vienna. The museum owns one of Austria’s most valuable art collections. One of the highlights of this museum are the magnificent artworks of the Austrian artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. In fact, here at the Belvedere, you will see the biggest Klimt collection anywhere in the world.

Press on the link to view it’s amazing collections.

The Kiss Painting by Gustav Klimt at the Belvedere
The Kiss Painting by Gustav Klimt at the Belvedere

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7. MuMa – Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre

The MuMa – Musée d’art moderne André Malraux is located in the Normandy port city, Le Havre. It boasts of an incredible impressionism and post-impressionism art collection.

The museum also boasts of two extensive art collections of the post-impressionism painter Raoul Dufy (born in Le Havre) and of Eugene Boudin (also a Normandy born artist and teacher of Claude Monet)

To see the artworks of MuMa – Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, press on the link.

MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre
MuMa – Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre

8. Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands

The Kröller-Müller Museum has a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century artworks. It’s highlights are the magnificent and extensive collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings and the huge sculpture garden outside. In fact, the sculpture garden is one of the largest in Europe.

Press on the link to view the museum’s impressive art collection.

The Potato Eaters - Van Gogh Painting at the Kroller Muller Art Museum
The Potato Eaters – Van Gogh Painting at the Kroller Muller Art Museum

9. The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art was established in April 1959. In the beginning, the collection came from the Matsukata Collection that focused on Impressionism paintings and Auguste Rodin’s sculptures.

Since its opening, the museum has expanded its Western art collection and today boasts of a world class collection. Press on the link to see the museum’s artworks.

Claude Monet Water Lilies painting
Claude Monet Water Lilies

10. The Leopold Museum Private Foundation, Vienna

The Leopold Museum is a magnificent museum located in the city of Vienna. The highlight of this museum is its largest collection of paintings by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele. It also houses a fabulous collection of other Austrian painters such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and others.

To view the beautiful artworks, press here.

Egon Schiele Painting entitled Houses with Shingles
Egon Schiele Painting entitled Houses with Shingles

This is just a short list of fabulous art museums to choose from. Press here to view the extensive list of art museums all over the world participating in the Google Arts & Culture Project!

The huge list of museums will keep you very busy during our coronavirus shut down! Allow these magnificent online art museums transport you into a world of color, wonder and magic!

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