Virtual Museum and Art Exhibits in NYC
Missing NYC's usual cornucopia of cultural offerings? While the Museum Mile's doors are closed, virtual tours are doing an admirable job as stand-ins, allowing you the luxury of exploring places like MoMA and the Guggenheim from the comfort of your 800 Fifth Avenue apartment. And, who knows, maybe you'll pick up some interior design inspiration along the way.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Google Arts and Culture's online collection for The Met encompasses 5,000 years of art, with more than 200,000 objects to admire and learn about. You can search by material; for example, rowdy Hogarth etchings and enchanting Japanese woodblock prints by Hokusai are found under “Ink,” while the “Rock” section features ancient Roman statues and quaint 18th-century Italian ceramics, like The Mouse Catchers. You can also treat yourself to a front-row viewing of high-end fashion via online exhibitions on Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. The luxury apartments at 800 Fifth Avenue are a close 15 minute walk to the Met. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s doors open back up you can stop by for a quick lunch break.
Pretend you're on a day trip from 800 Fifth Avenue to Brooklyn's beautiful Beaux-Arts building by perusing this virtual treasure trove of everything from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary works. In particular, we recommend the collection of modern American art, which dazzles with brooding landscapes of the American West by Albert Bierstadt; Frank Lloyd Wright furniture; Georgia O'Keefe's depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge; and a neon foosball table by FAILE and BÄST.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night rubs shoulders with Klimt women and Cezanne still lifes in MoMA's online collection. Some of these masterpieces come with an audio commentary from a curator; you can view others in augmented reality, allowing you to admire the artwork at actual size. And while you're reminding yourselves of the classics, also introduce yourself to avant-garde artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, the subject of an online exhibition here. The MoMA is the closest museum from this group, only a 10 minute stroll to the apartments at 800 Fifth Avenue.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Scroll through a timeline spanning over five centuries, and 15,000 objects, in the incredible online archive. Fall down this astonishing “rabbit hole” of design—skipping from 17th-century drawstring purses and Louis Comfort Tiffany peacock vases to elephant-shaped candlesticks from Germany and French marble mantelpiece clocks. Not only does this virtual tour give you a crash course in international design, but it might also be inspiration for the next purchase for your 800 Fifth Avenue apartment.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
One of the Guggenheim's greatest permanent works of art is the building that houses the collection. Thanks to various museum views from Google, you can “walk” around the galleries, drinking in Frank Lloyd Wright's cylindrical "temple of the spirit." Along the way, pause to admire some of the Guggenheim's selection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary works. The latter style includes Index Two Composition Three by Xaviera Simmons and Catherine Opie's controversial self-portraits.
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are on Central Park and are both 30 minute walks from 800 Fifth Avenue. While you can’t go inside the museums you can view their online exhibits. After viewing the plethora of virtual museums, enjoy a stroll in the park from your luxury Central Park apartment at 800 Fifth Avenue.