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This current situation hasn't removed our desire to travel and immerse ourselves in culture - we've just got to be creative about how we indulge in these passions now.

We now have to be way more inventive when it comes to getting our travel on – and when getting our culture fix. It is way too easy to become a couch ridden slob who goes through all 10 seasons of Friends in a week while living off fast-food deliveries. At least, that’s what we fear for ourselves.

But one way to change things up is by taking a virtual tour of one of Europe’s best museums and art galleries. Some of them are even guided. Walk through an empty Louvre or British Museum while sitting at home in your PJs. We’ve got to be creative people.

That’s why we teamed up with Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals, to bring this list of 10 different European galleries and museums with virtual tours.

Musei Vaticani  

No art lovers’ trip around Europe is complete without a visit to ‘Musei Vaticani’. The Vatican Museums hosts a grand collection of public art and sculpture which was gathered by the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries. This is usually hell to walk through in peak tourism season with all the crowds so the virtual version is ideal.

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The Vatican Museum is vast and can be exhausting to walk through at the best of times.

Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris 

It’s hardly surprising that Paris offers us three wonderful museums to explore! Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, or MAM Paris for short, holds a collection of 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art. Browse the online archives to view the works of the most prominent of artists, such as Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay and many others.

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Take a turn around this world-class modern gallery

Van Gogh Museum

Back to the land of the Dutchies, we visit the art museum that is named after one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art – Vincent van Gogh. Dedicated to the works of van Gogh, this museum has an amazing online section allowing anyone to access resources including the life and works of van Gogh and a wide variety of child-friendly resources to keep the younger ones entertained and educated!

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This museum gives a great look into Van Gogh himself – not just his art

Tate Britain

If home-grown British art is your kind of thing, then then is the ideal art museum for you! The online portal offers virtual tours around the rooms showing a chronological display of Britain’s greatest artists of all time. Click your way through the collection in order of decade, getting a clear overview of British art from 1545 to the present day.

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This is one of our favourite places to come and relax – and we can still do it from home

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía 

Finally, we end our cultural European tour in Madrid, the beautiful capital of Spain. The Museo Reina Sofía is Spain’s national museum of 20th century modern art, named after and dedicated to Queen Sofía. The online website offers a huge selection of online content, including a multimedia section with hundreds of videos and audio pieces which give you visual and audio tours of the exhibitions from within the museum. You and the kids won’t get bored here. There’s plenty to explore.

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See what latest exhibitions are online while Spain is in lockdown. All images courtesy of Holidu.

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