Art Nouveau Museums offering virtual tours are a good alternative to Netflix

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Life in the times of Coronavirus means a halt on travel. However, the following Art Nouveau museums are offering virtual tours which are an exciting insight into some of their exhibits, at no cost. We encourage you to explore these museums and be inspired by Art Nouveau.
Take as much time as you need looking at all the paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. You can learn about many works of art, something which is of great value without the need of leaving the comfort of your own house.
Before you can visit these museums in person again, you can learn about their main artworks from home, without the need of traveling, waiting in queues or paying ticket prices. Learn from home and prepare next trips, because traveling to the museums will always be the best option.

1. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Once a Beaux-Arts railway station, the Musée d’Orsay is now known for its vast collection of works from 1848 to 1914. Masterpieces by artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet are displayed here. You can take a virtual tour of the impressive Art Nouveau building—plus its gardens—and view famous works, including Van Gogh’s ‘Self-Portrait, Whistler’s ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Mother’, and Degas’ ‘The Ballet Class’.

Click here for the Virtual Tour in Musée d’Orsay

2. Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

It is the largest and most visited museum in the newly created Museums Quartier. The main focus of the collection lies on Austrian art of the first half of the 20th century, including major paintings and drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Here the transition from Art Nouveau to expressionism gets comprehensible step by step. The art historic context is imparted by Austrian 19th and 20th century masterpieces.

Click here for the Virtual Tour in Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

3. Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary

Founded in 1872, the Museum of Applied Arts is one of the oldest museums of art and design on the continent. The palace housing the museum was built in 1896, and is one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings of the capital. The core of the collection is made up by masterpieces of European decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Click here for the Virtual Tour in Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary

4. MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Wien, Austria

Founded as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in 1863, today’s museum—with its unique collection of applied arts and as a first-class address for contemporary art—can boast an incomparable identity. Originally established as an exemplary source collection, today’s MAK Collection continues to stand for an extraordinary union of applied art, design, contemporary art and architecture.

Click here for the Virtual Tour in MAK, Wien, Austria


You can visit plenty of more interesting museums in the Google Arts&Culture website. Because “staying in” doesn’t have to mean losing access to culture.

This can be a great moment to travel from your sofa to prepare your next trips, because visiting a museum in person is and will be always the best option. Be inspired at www.artnouveau.club. To understand the differences between Art Deco and Art Nouveau click HERE.

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