8 fantastic museum apps that will broaden your art horizons
One of the benefits of living in a highly technological world is the unprecedented access to resources and information. Traveling around the globe and visiting the most famous landmarks is now possible without even leaving your own home. Provided that you are an art lover, why not take a virtual tour of the world's best museums? Your favorite piece of art might be halfway across the world, but technology lets you see it up close…so close, in fact, that you can often explore the detail down to the brushstrokes. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
We here at Bright Side have gathered together the very best mobile apps that will expand your art horizons. Now you can carry your favorite paintings and sculptures from some of the world's finest art museums around with you by using some of these phone apps.
Having the Guggenheim’s app installed on your phone will save you the trouble and money of going to New York. It gives you a chance to take a virtual tour of one of the world's wealthiest museums devoted to modern art from the comfort of your own living room. With this app, you can not only see the current exhibits, but also go behind the scenes into the museum's past displays. The program also features the graphic plan of the museum and detailed information about all the works from its collection. And one more pleasant bonus: you can share your favorite pieces of art with your friends via social media.
This museum houses a huge collection of works by the world's most famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Renoir, Titian, Turner, Warhol, and more. With The Life of Art app, not only do you get a chance to feast your eyes on incredible far-famed paintings, but you will also have access to extensive information about the museum's permanent collections and occasional exhibitions.
The most famous exhibits of the largest art museum in Amsterdam include ''Night Watch'' by Rembrandt and ''Thrush'' by Vermeer. But these outstanding paintings are not the only attraction that makes The Rijksmuseum worth a visit. In fact, the museum houses many other noteworthy artifacts. If you want to acquaint yourself with them, taking a virtual tour around this gallery is a right choice. Accompanied by pleasant music and a guide's comments, you will be taken on a fascinating journey into a wonderful word of art.
Each year, The Musée d'Orsay in Paris attracts millions of tourists. If you don't like standing in long lines, this app is for you. Serving as a personal tour guide through the halls of this world-renowned museum, this program provides users with customized information and an interactive map that will help you quickly find the piece of art you want to enjoy. Being one of the largest museums in Europe, The Musee d'Orsay houses beautiful art pieces from around the world, including the works by some of history's most celebrated artists: Ingres, Delacroix, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, etc.
If you like Dali's paintings, do not miss this museum. Fortunately, you don't have to go to Florida to admire the exceptional talent of this world-famous Spanish surrealist painter. The virtual tour provided by this app gives you a chance to go on an exciting journey through Salvador Dali's life and work. Here you can find the works from the artist's entire career - from iconic melting clocks to imaginative visual illusions and avant-garde symbols.
This app lets users explore 14 masterpieces from the Museo del Prado's collection, including ''Las Meninas'' by Velázquez, ''The Garden of Earthly Delights'' by Bosch, and ''Self-Portrait'' by Dürer. Although the amount of works available on this application is limited, all of them can be seen in ultra-high resolution, allowing you to discover their hidden details and secrets. It may surprise you, but many celebrated artworks do contain secret meanings, and this handy program will help you to discover amazing stories about each painting.
Discovering highlights of the National Gallery of Art collections is now easier than ever. With Your Art installed on your smartphone, you have the chance to explore more than 130 beloved works by world-renowned artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Claude Monet, and others. And one more pleasant bonus: the app features 50 audio clips developed especially for children. So your kid will enjoy it too!
Designed especially for auditory impaired people, the app uses an international auxiliary language to tell you about 150 famous artworks. The program also features detailed descriptions of the exhibits and an interactive map.
Preview illustration credit: ''Irises'' by Vincent Van Gogh, The Getty Museum