7 Great iPad Apps to Virtually Explore World Museums

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In today's post we are sharing with you a collection of some good apps you can use to take your students on virtual trips to international museums. Students will get to explore various works of fine arts, learn about other places and cultures, and discover the world of art in fun and interactive ways. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list.

1- Google Arts and Culture


"Keep exploring with Google Arts and Culture. Meet the people, visit the places and learn about the events that shaped our world. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums. Be moved by stories depicted in thousands of photos, videos, manuscripts and artworks on every type of screen and in virtual reality. Find your favorite artworks, create your own collections and share them with friends."

2- The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Metropolitan Museum of Art app features: "A complete Travel Guide of the city of New York City and around with public transportation and zoomable street maps 100% offline, metro routing app with daily itineraries for tourist to spend the most of your time visiting this magnificent city; History; Collections: Ancient Near Eastern Art, Arms and Armor, Asian Art, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Egyptian Art, Drawing and Prints, The American Wing, among others...; Musical Instruments; Architecture; List of Paintings" and many more.

3- British Museum Guide 

"This app will help you discover this world class museum in a fun and easy way, and virtually enjoy the outstanding collection... The British Museum is home to the Rosetta stone. But did you know that it is also home to hundreds of other world famous objects?"

4- Hermitage Museum

"The State Hermitage presents an authoritative iPhone and iPad application which will take you on a fascinating journey around the rooms of the famous museum. Enjoy the masterpieces of the Hermitage collection, learn more about them, admire the magnificent palace interiors of the grand royal residence of Russian Emperors."

5- Living Paintings: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

"In Living Paintings, six of the most famous paintings at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid will come to life, giving boys and girls a chance to create, play and explore the world of art in a fun and original way. Each artwork is accompanied by a brief description with interesting facts about the picture and the context in which it was painted."

6- 9/11 Museum Audio Guide
"The National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center bears solemn witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The Museum honors the 2,983 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath."

7- My Visit to the Louvre

"With the App “My Visit to the Louvre” you can be your own guide!

  • 60,000 square meters of museum space modeled in 3D to help you find your way around
  • find an artwork, collection, or amenity by following the itinerary suggested
  • all the practical info you need, plus details of cultural events (exhibitions, auditorium, workshops, etc.)
  • 600 comprehensive descriptions of artworks and of significant parts of the Louvre palace
  • 600 audio commentaries on the artworks and museum rooms, available through in-app purchasing."