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One of the best things about living in London is access to its vast and wonderful array of museums. If you’ve missed this aspect of culture don’t worry — you can still access it through virtual tours of digital collections.

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British Museum

At the moment, you can’t walk up its historic steps but you can still walk through the British Museum thanks to its online The Museum of the World exhibit.

This immersive digital tour lets you follow a timeline of histories and cultures, or click to enjoy specific objects in the Museum’s collection from prehistory to the present.

Museum of London

This wonderful chronicle of our city is asking Londoners to share objects and first-hand experiences to reflect their lives during this time. The COVID-19 artifacts will form a record to ensure future generations of Londoners can learn about and understand this extraordinary period.

According to its website: “The museum is keen to focus on three strands of collecting: how the physical spaces in the city have been transformed – from a bustling metropolis to hushed streets – while the social and working lives of many have moved digital; the effects on key and home workers, and how children and young people are reacting to and coping with the changes now that many schools are closed.”

Natural History Museum

Few things are as fascinating as natural history, and the museum offers a compelling digital tour that will introduce you to some of the amazing exhibits. On its website you can: “Dive into the museum’s 80 million specimens with unique, new features: encounter a prehistoric marine reptile in virtual reality, discover pioneering Museum research in a short film, navigate the galleries in 360 degrees care of Google’s Street View team [and] take a tour of ten new exhibits tackling natural history themes.”

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